E. Wood's defence of Brenner/

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at SPAMosu.edu
Thu Oct 26 12:59:08 MDT 2000

>  >>> furuhashi.1 at osu.edu 10/26/00 03:12AM >>>
>I have already cited Brenner's argument that we must study the
>process of class struggles & class formations _in Africa_ to fully
>account for the emergence of African slaves as commodities, as well
>as class struggles & class formations _in the so-called New World_,
>instead of simply speaking of the "need" of capitalism for slave
>labor a la functionalism.
>CB: Actually, the class strugglers whose efforts simulated a need
>for the surplus products of the enslaved and variously exploited
>workers in Africa and the Western Hemisphere were the newly arising
>bourgeoisie and its allies in the monarchy and nobility,  in
>England, Portugal, Holland, etc, the area whose ruling class
>ideologists' later designated itself as Europe ( a whole continent,
>though much smaller in area than Asia, Africa and America).

Why, of course, except that this line of thinking might be labeled
"Eurocentrism" in some quarters of post-colonialist scholarship.  :)


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