Development of Underdevelopment or Underdevelopment of Development in China. ANDRE GUNDER FRANK. University of East Anglia. These comments are . The Development of Underdevelopment Andre Gunder Frank. Abstract. We cannot hope to formulate adequate development theory and. Frank, Andre Gunder (a) World Accumulation, New York: ( ) “The sociology of development and the underdevelopment of sociology.

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Institute of Social Studies Frsnk earned his Ph. These essays were written to contribute to the revolution in Latin America and the world, and they are collected here in the hope that they may help others to contribute more to the revolution than the author has been able to. Experience has shown it to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for voluntarist political action to de-link frxnk countries from world economy.

By his views on the new social movements had become more appreciative, although he still pointed out their limitations.

Frank has made significant contributions to the world-systems theory which, according to frqnk, should be rather called the World System one. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. Development and Change 36 6: From the ‘Development of Underdevelopment’ to the ‘World System. Perhaps his most notable work is Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America. During his career, Frank taught and did research in departments of anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, and sociology.

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Marta died in Amsterdam in June Where is the action today? In total his output numbered over publica- tions in thirty languages, including dozens of books, over chapters in books and hundreds of articles.


He is also well known for suggesting that purely export oriented solutions to development create imbalances detrimental to poor countries. Andre Gunder Frank and Professor David Landesdsvelopment of The Wealth and Poverty of Nationsare noted for having come to very different conclusions about the long view developmebt of economic developments in “the West” during the modern era and publicly debated their findings in at Northeastern University.

Frank’s undergraduate studies were at Swarthmore College.

In his later career he produced works such as ReOrient: While at Amsterdam he was invited on more than one occasion to give a seminar at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. See, for example, Laclau and Marini In ReOrient, Frank — in typical Frankian fashion — turns the Eurocentric view of the world economy on its head by arguing that Asia was at the centre of the world economy centuries before the industrial revolution and the rise of the West, thereby challenging the views of Marx, Weber, Polanyi, Rostow, Braudel and Wallerstein, among others.

He had a fertile, incisive and critical mind.

Indeed Frank can be considered as the world system theorist par excellence given his many writings on world accumulation. Andre Gunder Frank February 24, — April 23, was a German-American economic historian and sociologist who promoted dependency theory after and world-systems theory after However, having been at Chicago and being acquainted with the key figures, Frank was in a good position to write a scathing and passionate critique frrank their involvement in the Chilean neo-liberal experiment Frank, London and New York: Ironically, his dissertation supervisor was Milton Friedmana man whose laissez faire approach to economics Frank would later harshly criticize.


He published widely on political economy, economic history, international relations, historical sociology, and world history. He always spoke his mind and had a direct and honest manner in dealing with people which did not endear him to all.

The importance of the central theme of the world economy and of its interdependence. From his early years he had shown an independence of mind which remained a constant throughout his life. Equilibrium on the Point gundwr a Bayonet.

Andre Gunder Frank

He gave countless lectures and seminars at dozens of universities and other institutions all around the world in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Dutch. Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand.

This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat For Frank those linkages between the developed and underdeveloped countries were not the solution but the problem, per- petuating the underdevelopment of the latter. Many intellectuals expressed similar sentiments yunder his, when he wrote in a preface: He employed some Marxian concepts on political economybut rejected Marx ‘s stages of historyand economic history generally.

Thus he turned moderniza- tion theory on its head and opened the devflopment for new analyses of the relationships between developed and underdeveloped countries. Many of these social movements are more defensive than offensive. To be practical we should look to see where the action is.