Onward To Liberation!—Samir Amin and the Study of World Historical Capitalism


  • Salimah Valiani Independent Researcher




World-Systems Theory, World Historical Political Economy, Decolonizing the Social Sciences


This article presents theoretical and methodological insights of world-systems analysis via the works of Samir Amin and his major interlocuteurs. It is argued that Samir Amin was central to sparking the study of world historical analysis, and offered unique contributions to the discussions that emerged. It is demonstrated that this is due to Samir Amin’s ability to balance structure, specificity, and historical contingency, as well as his enduring commitment to human liberation.

Author Biography

Salimah Valiani, Independent Researcher

Salimah Valiani is an independent researcher of world historical political economy. She is the author of the research monograph, Rethinking Unequal Exchange—The Global Integration of Nursing Labour Markets (2012), and authors’ editor of The Future of Mining in South Africa: Sunset or Sunrise? (Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection: 2018).


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How to Cite

Valiani, S. (2021). Onward To Liberation!—Samir Amin and the Study of World Historical Capitalism. Journal of World-Systems Research, 27(2), 566–585. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2021.1014



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