Volume XXVII • Issue 1 • 2011
Giovanni Arrighi (1937–2009) was one of the most eminent scholars of the contemporary world-system. This special issue of the Journal of Development Studies retraces Arrighi’s intellectual trajectory and provides an overview of his life work. The contributions by Walden Bello, Fortunata Piselli, Caglar Keyder and Zafer Yenal focus on regional developments and how Arrighi’s ideas were adopted for the detailed analysis of case studies of various world regions. By contrast, the chapters by Samir Amin and Thomas Ehrlich Reifer analyze issues of oligarchic wealth and North-South relations within the context of global capitalism. By demonstrating the breadth and scope of Arrighi’s vision and the impact of his legacy, this journal pays tribute to a scholar of singular importance.