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Jaime Osorio

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Super-Exploitation, and Dependency: Notes on The Dialectics of Dependency

With the publication of Dialéctica de ladependencia (The Dialectics of Dependency) by Ruy Mauro Marini, Latin American social theory was able to culminate a great effort in the interest of formulating a theory of dependent capitalism and the laws by which it is reproduced. At the center of diverse characteristics, the super-exploitation of labor power is raised as a fundamental element in articulating and explaining the current tendencies in the reproduction of capital in the region. This essay argues that it is the development of value in itself that encourages the tendencies to violate it. Along the same lines, the political dimension of Marini’s analysis is emphasized, highlighting the responsibilities of local ruling classes in the reproduction of dependency.

dependency, super-exploitation, reproduction of capital, Latin America

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 42, No. 1 (2015): 93-106

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