Since its first publication twenty years ago, Eurocentrism has become a classic of radical thought. Written by one of the world’s foremost political economists, this. For Samir Amin, Eurocentrism is the ideological construct that emerged with the birth of capitalism sometime around the Renaissance. It is still being propagated . Eurocentrism has ratings and 9 reviews. Karlo Mikhail said: Great overview of basic issues surrounding a Marxist critique of Eurocentrism. Now to go.
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Trade unions and global restructuring: Samir Amin, Global History and the critique of Eurocentrism
The purpose of this series is to share some foundational political thoughts with my wider circle. It is too rare in our day-to-day activism and organizing that we refer directly to the sources of ideas for affirmation or debate. I am choosing political works that raise questions that are related to my work, the work I see in Detroit, and nationwide.
I hope that this encourages comrades to read these important texts or, at the least, to intentionally consider the questions these pieces raise.
The second time was a charm– I wanted to read more of this analysis in order to learn how to better place my economic analysis in the context of modern globalisation. I was able to find Eurocentrism in an online used bookseller and have not been disappointed. Eurocentrism begins where this quote leaves off and delves into the history of ideas and their relationship to economic institutions: He boldly claims that these nations are held in states of underdevelopment to generate the economic success of the center Europe, North America, Japan.
He rails against the Eurocentric T. This is a great study group book, especially for those trying to move beyond capitalism, gain independence, or transform the current system.
Amin is an academic.
I think of the African countries that found political independence and formal racial equality but were pulled into the undertow by the global economic order, drowned in loans, debt, financing, corporate investments, aid with strings attached, and so much more.
As New Afrikans, in Detroit, we can attest to how money has been weaponized against aimn community so that the political freedom we were able to wield has been fragile and collapsed beneath the weight of debt payments, samur availability of capital, and the punitive financial rating system. Amin points out that the metaphysics, culture, and philosophy must go side by side with the economics. Eurocentrism is the metaphysis of globalized capitalism.
For New Afrikans, this is a call for healing between the cultural nationalism, the Black feminism, and the revolutionary nationalism.
Where does she work? What does she eat? What do they wear? Do we have electricity and where is its source? How do we make the decisions that affect our lives? What is the material basis for our new intersectional culture?
I realize that engaging with this thinking is what I was looking for when I entered the graduate philosophy program at University of Michigan. My intuition was to leave academia and move closer to the periphery. It took my work with the Boggs Center and other Detroit movements to see what is at stake for us in the history of ideas. Eurocentrism raises a number of valuable questions about the past, present and future that will help us take a long view and confront globalized capitalism imperialism head on.
As long as it does not have a lucid understanding of the ravages of Eurocentrism, Western socialism will remain at a standstill.
Eurocentrism by Samir Amin
What do you think of this review, or the ideas presented within? Does your work combine culture, politics, and economics? Will you read or study this book? Great Political Texts 1: Review – “Eurocentrism” by Samir Amin by William Copeland The purpose of this series is to share some foundational political thoughts with my wider circle. Want to write for the Archives?