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Industrial Colonialism in Latin America: The Third Stage

Industrial Colonialism in Latin America: The Third Stage

by Victor Manuel Figueroa Sepúlveda
Industrial Colonialism in Latin America: The Third Stage

Industrial Colonialism in Latin America: The Third Stage

by Victor Manuel Figueroa Sepúlveda


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This book confronts critical problems being experienced by Latin America in its quest for development. Special attention is paid to the living conditions of the popular sectors over the last half-century under “industrial colonialism.” The author’s framework of analysis weaves together key structural variables including the neoliberal mode of knowledge creation for material production in order to unveil the actual mechanisms of the reproduction of this system. The decisive role of science in the development of the productive forces forms the basis of explicating the “state development function.”

The external and internal manifestations of the main underlying contradictions in Latin America are systematically exposed as they unfold from the region’s particular integration into the imperialist system

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ISBN-13: 9781608464180
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences , #59
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Víctor Manuel Figueroa Sepúlveda (Ph.D., 1980) is a researcher and professor at the Political Science Graduate Program at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico. His decades of reasearch have produced original and provocative theses on the region’s development and his book Reinterpretando el subdesarrollo: Trabajo general, clase y fuerza productiva en América Latina (Siglo XXI, 1986) was a pioneering work in the field

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

List of Tables xi

Prologue R.A. Dello Buono xiii

Introduction 1

1 Imperialism and Industrial Colonialism 7

Monopoly, the Role of Science and the Function of the State 7

Social Relations of Production and Foreign Trade 16

The Workings of Industrial Colonialism 22

Imperialism and Nature 27

Conclusion 31

2 Imperialism at the Third Stage 35

Key Aspects of Crisis 35

The "Globalization" Strategy 37

From 1995 Forward 49

Capital and Nature 53

Conclusion 55

3 The Pattern of Industrial Colonialism 57

Barriers to Regional Appropriation of Scientific Knowledge for Production 58

National Innovation Systems in Latin America 62

The Universities in the Region 70

External Limits to Export-led Economic Growth 79

The Different Functional Roles Within the Region 86

Internal Contradictions 89

Political Regimes at the Third Stage 92

Climate Change in Latin America 99

Conclusion 100

4 Industrial Colonialism and Surpluses of Population 103

The Over-Supply of Labor-Power and Surplus-Population Theory 103

Deficits and Surpluses of Population 112

The Surpluses of Population and Their Activities 114

Relative Surpluses of Population at the Level of Goods Production and Repairs 115

Relative Surpluses in the Sphere of Commodity Circulation 119

Surpluses of Population Beyond Capital Valorization 122

What About Home Labor? 125

The Nature of the Latin American Migrant Worker and the Historical Record 127

Remittances and Wage Differentials 130

The Indigenous Population 133

Conclusion 135

5 Industrial Colonialism and Peasant Production 139

The Social Character of Peasant Production 140

From Peasant Production to Infra-Subsistence Production 144

Social Impacts of Neoliberalism on the Countryside 151

Conclusion 158

Appendix: The Underlying Causes of Underdevelopment in Latin America 161

Bibliography 179

Name Index 187

Subject Index 189

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