Some autobiographical elements by Frank. The original version of this document is stored at the University of Colorado website. Sage Publicationspages.
Frank received schooling in several places in Switzerlandwhere his family settled, until they emigrated to the United States in Frank's undergraduate studies were at Swarthmore College. He earned his Ph. His doctorate was a study of Soviet agriculture entitled Growth and Productivity in Ukrainian Agriculture from to Ironically, his dissertation supervisor was Milton Friedmana man whose laissez faire approach to economics Frank would later criticize.
Throughout the s and early s Frank taught at American universities. In he moved to Latin Americainaugurating a remarkable period of travel that confirmed his peripatetic tendencies.
His most notable work during this time was his stint as Professor of Sociology and Economics at the University of Chilewhere he was involved in reforms under the government of Salvador Allende.
In he retired as emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam. He was married to Marta Fuentes, with whom he wrote several studies about social movements, and they gave birth to two sons.
Marta died in Amsterdam in June His second wife was sociologist Nancy Howell, a friend for forty years: Frank died in of complications related to his cancer while under the care of his third wife, Alison Candela.
Works and ideas During his career, Frank taught and did research in departments of anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, and sociology. He gave countless lectures and seminars at dozens of universities and other institutions all around the world in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Dutch.
Frank wrote widely on the economic, social and political history and contemporary development of the world system, the industrially developed countries, and especially of the Third World and Latin America.
He produced over 1, publications in 30 languages. His last major article, "East and West ", appeared in the volume: His work in the s focused on world history. He returned to his analysis of global political economy in the new millennium inspired by a lecture he gave at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga SSE Riga.
Frank was a prolific author, including 40 books. He published widely on political economy, economic history, international relations, historical sociology, and world history.
Perhaps his most notable work is Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America. Published init was one of the formative texts in dependency theory. In his later career he produced works such as ReOrient: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand. Frank's theories center on the idea that a nation's economic strength, largely determined by historical circumstances--especially geography--dictates its global power.
He is also well known for suggesting that purely export oriented solutions to development create imbalances detrimental to poor countries. Frank has made significant contributions to the World Systems Theory which, according to him, should be rather called the World System one.
He has argued that a World System was formed no later than in the 4th millennium BCE --his argument contrasts sharply with the scholarly majority who posit beginnings in the "long 16th century" a position held, for example, by Immanuel Wallerstein.
Frank also insisted that the idea of numerous "world-systems" did not make much sense indeed, if there are many "world-systems" in the world, then they simply do not deserve to be called "world-systems"and we should rather speak about one single World System. Prediction In one of his last essays,  Frank argued prophetically about the looming global economic crisis of Equilibrium on the point of a bayonet, Long Live Transideological Enterprise: Fuentes,in Amin et al.
Lessons for democratic socialist movements and socialists, in Tabb, editor, Future of Socialism The Underdevelopment of Development, with M.
Globalization, - excerpts Reorient: The Underdevelopment of Development: Essays in Honor of Andre Gunder Frank. A Thousand Oaks, CA:Taking stock of political and economic development in the world today, this book re-examines development in an era of rapid social change, and reflects the work of an intellectual giant, Andre Gunder Frank.
Gunder Frank deconstructed conventional development economics and modernization theory, creating dependency theory. Andre Gunder Frank (February 24, – April 23, ) was a German-American economic historian and sociologist who promoted dependency theory after and world-systems theory after He employed some Marxian concepts on political economy, but rejected Marx 's stages of history, and economic history generally.
Paul Baran and Andre Gunder Frank are the originators of the concept of economic underdevelopment and it popularized during the late ‘60s. This is also known as the Baran-Frank thesis.
The summary of the thesis was that industrialized rich nations obstruct or delay the development of poor nations by the help of policies and interventions designed to protect their global dominance over world trade and power/5(1).
Books by Andre Gunder Frank, Latin America: underdevelopment or revolution, Capitalism and underdevelopment in Latin America, Sociology of development and underdevelopment of sociology, World accumulation, , Lumpenburguesía: lumpendesarrollo, ReORIENT, Dependent accumulation and underdevelopment, Crisis in the world economy.
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