World-systems Analysis: An Introduction

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Duke University Press, 2004 - Political Science - 109 pages
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In World-Systems Analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein provides a concise and accessible introduction to the comprehensive approach that he pioneered thirty years ago to understanding the history and development of the modern world. Since Wallerstein first developed world-systems analysis, it has become a widely utilized methodology within the historical social sciences and a common point of reference in discussions of globalization. Now, for the first time in one volume, Wallerstein offers a succinct summary of world-systems analysis and a clear outline of the modern world-system, describing the structures of knowledge upon which it is based, its mechanisms, and its future.

Wallerstein explains the defining characteristics of world-systems analysis: its emphasis on world-systems rather than nation-states, on the need to consider historical processes as they unfold over long periods of time, and on combining within a single analytical framework bodies of knowledge usually viewed as distinct from one another--such as history, political science, economics, and sociology. He describes the world-system as a social reality comprised of interconnected nations, firms, households, classes, and identity groups of all kinds. He identifies and highlights the significance of the key moments in the evolution of the modern world-system: the development of a capitalist world-economy in the sixteenth-century, the beginning of two centuries of liberal centrism in the French Revolution of 1789, and the undermining of that centrism in the global revolts of 1968. Intended for general readers, students, and experienced practitioners alike, this book presents a complete overview of world-systems analysis by its original architect.


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The first part of this work covers much of the same kind of ground that Bobbitt covers in "Shield of Achilles"...the second half devolves into pounding square pegs into round holes via forcing ... Read full review


Understanding the World in Which We Live
Historical Origins of WorldSystems Analysis From Social Science Disciplines to Historical Social Sciences
The Modern WorldSystem as a Capitalist WorldEconomy Production Surplus Value and Polarization
The Rise of the StatesSystem Sovereign NationStates Colonies and the Interstate System
The Creation of a Geoculture Ideologies Social Movements Social Science
The Modern WorldSystem in Crisis Bifurcation Chaos and Choices
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Immanuel Wallerstein is a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University and Director of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University. Among his many books are The Modern World-System (three volumes); The End of the World as We Know It: Social Science for the Twenty-first Century; Utopistics: Or, Historical Choices of the Twenty-first Century; and Unthinking Social Science: The Limits of Nineteenth-Century Paradigms. He is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award and is a former president of the International Sociological Association.

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