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Title: Obituary : Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019)
Authors: de Sousa Santos, Boaventura
Keywords: Obituaries
Wallerstein, Immanuel, 1930-2019
Issue Date: 2019-12
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: de Sousa Santos, B. (2019). Obituary : Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019). Postcolonial Directions in Education, 8(2), 239-240.
Abstract: The death of Immanuel Wallerstein is an irreparable loss for the social sciences. He was unquestionably the most remarkable American sociologist of the twentieth century, and the one with greater international projection. His major accomplishment was to inspire successive generations of sociologists to discard the unit of analysis in which they had been trained (national societies) and rather focus on the world system (world economy and the sovereign state system). Following insights of Fernand Braudel, Wallerstein believed that the increasing dependencies and interdependencies within the world system turned it into an unit of analysis capable of generating better working hypotheses for the study of the national societies themselves. Such an analytical break was largely misunderstood in the USA. However, being a global intellectual who was familiar with the social sciences in various languages, Wallerstein was hardly affected. He consorted with almost all the leaders of the liberation movements against colonialism before and after the independences, and set up projects with social scientists of those countries to help build new scientific communities. Let us recall just one particular case: the Center for African Studies of the then recently founded Eduardo Mondlane University, whose director was Aquino de Braganc╠ža. Wallerstein was a sociologist fully committed to the fate of the world and, above all, to the fate of the more vulnerable populations, whose liberation, he believed, would be possible only in a post- capitalist, socialist society. That is why he was always there with us in the World Social Forum, from 2001 to 2016. The latter date was when we both were together for the last time.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/50075
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