Amin, Eurocentrism

by Georg Stauth
published in MER174

Samir Amin, Eurocentrism (trans. Russell Moore) (Monthly Review Press, 1989).

The awakening of the Third World and the formation of nation states in the former colonies has brought about a liberalizing philosophy of cultural affirmation of local traditions. One could conveniently characterize this process as a reaction to Western cultural domination from the colonial era. Samir Amin argues that “Eurocentrism” today operates not only as a form of external domination but also as a mechanism of cultural formation within non-European cultures.

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