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Title:Imperialism, Dependency and Social Class
Authors:Hansen, William
Schulz, Brigitte
Periodical:Africa Today
Period:3rd Quarter
Geographic terms:developing countries
Subjects:class relations
centre and periphery
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
international relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4186016
Abstract:Although all variants of what has become known in the language of post-World War II social science as 'dependency theory' are more or less nationalist and anti-imperialist, they are not uniformly socialist or Marxist. The first section of the present paper reviews some of the dependency literature, followed in the second section by a review of the attacks levelled against it by its radical Marxist critics. Dependency theory's great contribution has been to focus attention on the way in which the periphery articulates with the core capitalist countries and on the way in which this articulation affects economic and political conditions in the periphery. It has pointed to the importance of core/periphery relationships over the past several centuries and the way in which these, have affected internal class configurations in the periphery. Thus, while the critics concentrate on internal class relations, dependency theory tends to concentrate on the way in which a country as a whole and its ruling class articulates with international capital. A synthesis of these two approaches is both possible and necessary. Notes.