Creating and Transforming Households: The Constraints of the World-Economy

Creating and Transforming Households: The Constraints of the World-Economy

by Joan Smith, Immanuel Wallerstein
     
 

This book seeks an explanation of the oft-observed pattern of sharp discrepancy of wage levels across the world-economy for work of comparable productivity. It explores how far such differences can be explained by the different structures of households as "income-pooling units," examining three key variables: location in the core or periphery of the world-economy;… See more details below

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This book seeks an explanation of the oft-observed pattern of sharp discrepancy of wage levels across the world-economy for work of comparable productivity. It explores how far such differences can be explained by the different structures of households as "income-pooling units," examining three key variables: location in the core or periphery of the world-economy; periods of expansion versus periods of contraction in the world-economy; and secular transformation over time. The authors argue that both the boundaries of households and their sources of income are molded by the changing patterns of the world-economy, but are also modes of defense against its pressures. Drawing empirical data from eight local regions in three different zones - the United States, Mexico, and southern Africa - this book presents a systematic and original approach to the intimate link between the micro-structures of households and the structures of the capitalist world-economy at a global level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521415521
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/27/1992
Series:
Studies in Modern Capitalism Series
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.91(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
IIntroduction
Households as an institution of the world-economy3
IIThe United States
Introduction27
1The Detroit story: the crucible of Fordism33
2New York City: the underside of the world's capital63
3Binghamton: the secrets of a backwater91
4Puerto Rico: from colony to colony121
IIIMexico
Introduction145
1Mexico City: the slow rise of wage-centered households150
2Central Mexico: the decline of subsistence and the rise of poverty170
IVSouthern Africa
Introduction189
1The Witwatersrand: Black households, White households197
2Lesotho: the creation of the households231
VConclusion
Core-periphery and household structures253
A postscript on method263
References275
Index301

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