The Legacy of Rodolfo Stavenhagen (1932–2016): Linking Critical Scholarship and Social Justice
by Arturo Alvarado, Serena Chew Plascencia and Jan Rus
Rodolfo Stavenhagen’s 1965 essay critical of seven theses about Latin America challenged the way social scientists thought about the region’s political economy and history. Serialized for a popular audience in the Mexico City daily El Día on June 25 and 26, 1965, it questioned the prevailing assumption among North American political economists and in Eurocentric thought that “modernization” through capitalist development could solve Latin America’s persistent backwardness and underdevelopment. It also reflected thinking among a younger generation of progressive intellectuals who questioned the thesis that backwardness in the region was a consequence of feudalism or semifeudalism, instead attributing it to the capitalist development of underdevelopment through the imperialist relationship between rich and poor nations in the world economy and to dependent relationships involving wealth and poverty between regions within Latin American countries.
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