Reifer Publishes Arrighi Tribute

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thomas E. Reifer, Ph.D., associate professor, Sociology, recently published the article "Capital’s Cartographer:  Giovanni Arrighi, 1937–2009," New Left Review 60, November–December (2009).

A former pupil of Arrighi’s, Reifer recalls the world-spanning trajectory, landmark intellectual contributions and great personal generosity of his mentor and dear friend.

 “Of the minds produced by the international left in the second half of the twentieth century, few have been the equal, in historical imagination, architectonic scope and conceptual clarity, to Giovanni Arrighi, whose work will be read and reflected on for the rest of this century. We publish below a tribute to him from a pupil, Tom Reifer, which gives a measure of his achievement. A thinker of exceptional warmth, integrity and largeness of spirit, Arrighi drew on personal experience of struggles in both the Third and First Worlds—the movements for national liberation in Africa, and the great labour insurgencies of Italy—in the sixties, and subsequent deep engagement with the trajectory of the two leading powers of the present global order, America and China. His texts in nlr are so many landmarks in the history of the journal.” ~ New Left Review

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