World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction

World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction


In World-Systems Analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein offers a concise and obtainable creation to the excellent process that he pioneered thirty years in the past to figuring out the historical past and improvement of the trendy global. because Wallerstein first constructed world-systems research, it has turn into a extensively applied method in the historic social sciences and a standard element of reference in discussions of globalization. Now, for the 1st time in a single quantity, Wallerstein bargains a succinct precis of world-systems research and a transparent define of the trendy world-system, describing the buildings of data upon which it truly is established, its mechanisms, and its future.

Wallerstein explains the defining features of world-systems research: its emphasis on world-systems instead of realms, at the have to think about old techniques as they spread over lengthy sessions of time, and on combining inside a unmarried analytical framework our bodies of information frequently considered as designated from one another—such as heritage, political technological know-how, economics, and sociology. He describes the world-system as a social fact made from interconnected international locations, organisations, families, sessions, and identification teams of all types. He identifies and highlights the importance of the foremost moments within the evolution of the fashionable world-system: the advance of a capitalist world-economy within the sixteenth-century, the start of 2 centuries of liberal centrism within the French Revolution of 1789, and the undermining of that centrism within the worldwide revolts of 1968. meant for common readers, scholars, and skilled practitioners alike, this ebook offers a whole evaluation of world-systems research through its unique architect.

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