Sub-Imperalism Revisited

Dependency Theory in the Thought of Ruy Mauro Marini


Does the growing economic might of regional superpowers like Brazil mean that dependency theory of the 1960s was all wrong? The answer to this and many other enigmas of development is found in Sub-Imperialism Revisited, a theoretically rigorous study by the brilliant Mexican analyst Adrián Sotelo Valencia. In analysing the 21st Century conditions of Latin America, Sotelo systematically explores the concept of "sub-imperialism" as advanced in the pioneering work of Ruy Mauro Marini. Himself a former student of Marini, Sotelo elucidates the explanatory power of a fully Marxist conception of imperialism and underdevelopment while providing considerable insight into opposing conceptions of dependency. This timely book ultimately enables readers to appreciate why radical dependency theory remains more relevant today than ever.

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Adrián Sotelo Valencia is a professor and researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He is author of numerous works on labor, capitalist crisis, and development, including The Future of Work: Super-exploitation and Social Precariousness in the 21st Century (Brill, 2015).
ForewordCarlos Eduardo Martins List of Illustrations Introduction 1 Dependency Theory in the Post-1945 Development Literature of Latin America 2 Marini’s Marxism and Dependency Theory Today 3 Neo-imperialism and Neo-dependency: Two Sides of the Same Historical-Political Process 4 Sub-imperialism and Dependency 5 The United States and Brazil: Antagonistic Cooperation 6 Brasil Potência vs. Sub-imperialism 7 Dictatorship, Democracy and the State of the Fourth Power 8 Sub-imperialism and the Contemporary Capitalist Crisis Epilogue Bibliography Index
This book will be of keen interest to students, professors and others who seek a critical analysis of development, the global role of regional superpowers like Brazil, and the enduring relevance of Marxist dependency theory.