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This introductory chapter of the book Industrial Colonialism in Latin America deals with some of the critical problems experienced by Latin America beginning from the end of the 1960s and continuing right up through the present. Theories of dependency dominated the progressive and revolutionary academic and political concerns of the 1960s and 1970s. Critical reflection on the big issues of the region gradually faded away from the literature in favor of more specific themes and case studies. This work seeks to contribute to the revitalization of critical thought. The aim is to unveil the mechanism by which globally created misery becomes concentrated in underdeveloped countries in a context in which global riches flow into the hands of large corporations originating in the more developed countries. Capitalist social relations of production and the division of labor are key variables to the constructs presented in the present work.

Keywords: developed countries; industrial colonialism; Latin America; revitalization; social relations; underdeveloped countries



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