Uncertain Worlds: World-Systems Analysis in Changing Times

Uncertain Worlds: World-Systems Analysis in Changing Times

by Immanuel Wallerstein, Carlos Aguirre Rojas, Charles Lemert
     
 

Uncertain Worlds is a definitive presentation of the evolution of world-systems analysis from the point of view of its founder, Immanuel Wallerstein. The book includes a one-of-kind interview with Wallerstein by Carlos Rojas, a conversation between Wallerstein and Lemert about the history of the field as it has come down to the present time, a long essay by

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Uncertain Worlds is a definitive presentation of the evolution of world-systems analysis from the point of view of its founder, Immanuel Wallerstein. The book includes a one-of-kind interview with Wallerstein by Carlos Rojas, a conversation between Wallerstein and Lemert about the history of the field as it has come down to the present time, a long essay by Lemert on the uncertainties of the modern world-system, as well as a preface by Rojas and a concluding essay by Wallerstein. No other book lends such biographical, historical, and personal nuance to the biography of world-systems analysis and, thus, to the history of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594519789
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Great Barrington Books
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Immanuel Wallerstein and the Critical

"World-Systems Analysis" Perspective vii

Carlos Antonio Aguirre Rojas

A General Map of the World-Systems Analysis Perspective ix

The Historical-Critical Axis on the Global History of Capitalism xiii

The Axis of the Critical Analysis of the Historical Long Twentieth Century xviii

The Double Axis of the Analysis of Immediate History and the Prospective Scenarios of Present-Day Capitalism xxiv

The Epistemological-Critical Axis and the Social Sciences xxx

1 The World-Systems Analysis Perspective: An Interview with Immanuel Wallerstein 1

Carlos Antonio Aguirre Rojas Biographical-Intellectual Sketch 1

Discussing the History of the Capitalist World-System 37

Twentieth-Century History, Immediate History, and the Future of the Capitalist World-System 76

Toward the Reorganization of the Current Social Sciences 88

2 A Discussion of the Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis and Its Uncertainties 101

Immanuel Wallerstein and Charles Lemert

3 Wallerstein and the Uncertain Worlds Charles Lemert 151

Historical Method and Drama 154

The Modernizing World: Tragic Flat Line or Farcical Inequalities? 163

Liberal Time versus Global TimeSpace 169

Wallerstein's Theory of TimeSpace 173

The Lessons of Complexity Studies for the Modern World-System 181

Uncertain Worlds 185

4 The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis; or, How to Resist Becoming a Theory 195

Immanuel Wallerstein

Index 219

About the Authors 235

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