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In memory of Andre Gunder Frank 1929–2005

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On Saturday, 23 April 2005, André Gunder Frank passed away, a victim of cancer who had struggled over a decade. With his death, the social sciences lost one of its most acute and prolific analysts. Frank was born in Berlin, Germany on 24 February 1929. His academic training culminated in 1957 with a thesis on Soviet agriculture at the University of Chicago. Frank’s study Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America is a classic work in the critical sociology of Latin America. One of his last books is ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age. This book was read widely, especially in Europe and Asia, uncorking a sharp polemic that yielded diverse critiques of the book, even from Frank himself! The ideological hegemony of neoliberalism has long sought to counter the critical currents of thought spawned in the 1960s with its vacuous, "market utopia" imagery.

Keywords: academic training; Andre Gunder Frank; intellectual autobiography; Latin America; neoliberalism



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