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By Immanuel Wallerstein

In The World-System and Africa, Immanuel Wallerstein examines 3 vital, interconnected topics that hyperlink Africa and the capitalist world-system of the final 500 years. whereas drawing awareness to the structural quandary of the fashionable world-system, Wallerstein makes use of the 1st set of essays to explore the impression of this around the globe structural situation on Africa. subsequent, he turns to identification politics, a political stance that got here to prominence in the last thirty years, and considers the world-system context for the African dilemmas posed via this method. no longer precise to Africa, id politics has turn into primary to political struggles all over the world-system. ultimately, Wallerstein displays on African thinkers’ analyses of present affairs both within the world-system and in Africa. Coming from an individual who has been taken with writing approximately Africa for over seventy years, Wallerstein argues that if Africa goes to play a suitable and critical function in resolving the structural challenge of the trendy world-system, it's crucial that there remain a well-informed and intellectually suitable debate concerning the matters concerned, the ethical offerings to be made, and the political concepts to follow.

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