Industrial Colonialism in Latin America

The Third Stage


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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Biographical Note

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

Prologue by R.A. Dello Buono


Chapter 1: Imperialism and Industrial Colonialism
Monopoly, the Role of Science and the Function of the State
Social Relations of Production and Foreign Trade
The Workings of Industrial Colonialism
Imperialism and Nature

Chapter 2: Imperialism at the Third Stage
Key Aspects of Crisis
The “Globalization” Strategy
From 1995 Forward
Capital and Nature

Chapter 3: The Pattern of Industrial Colonialism
Barriers to Regional Appropriation of Scientific Knowledge for Production
National Innovation Systems in Latin America
The Universities in the Region
External Limits to Export-led Economic Growth
The Different Functional Roles within the Region
Internal Contradictions
Political Regimes at the Third Stage
Climate Change in Latin America

Chapter 4: Industrial Colonialism and Surpluses of Population
The Over-Supply of Labor-Power and Surplus-Population Theory
Deficits and Surpluses of Population
The Surpluses of Population and their Activities
Relative Surpluses of Population at the Level of Goods Production and Repairs
Relative Surpluses in the Sphere of Commodity Circulation
Surpluses of Population beyond Capital Valorization
What about Home Labor?
The Nature of the Latin American Migrant Worker and the Historical Record
Remittances and Wage Differentials
The Indigenous Population

Chaper 5: Industrial Colonialism and Peasant Production
The Social Character of Peasant Production
From Peasant Production to Infra-subsistence Production
Social Impacts of Neoliberalism on the Countryside

Appendix: The Underlying Causes of Underdevelopment in Latin America
Subject Index
Name Index


All those interested in Latin American development, including sociologist, economists and political scientists.


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