Utopistics: Or, Historical Choices of the Twenty-First Century

Utopistics: Or, Historical Choices of the Twenty-First Century

by Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565844572

ISBN-13: 9781565844575

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: New Press, The

The twentieth century has witnessed both the triumphs and failures of the dreams that have informed the modern world. In Utopistics, Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the global order that nourished those dreams is on the brink of disintegration. Pointing to the globalization of commerce, the changing nature of work and the family, the failures of traditional

Overview

The twentieth century has witnessed both the triumphs and failures of the dreams that have informed the modern world. In Utopistics, Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the global order that nourished those dreams is on the brink of disintegration. Pointing to the globalization of commerce, the changing nature of work and the family, the failures of traditional liberal ideology, and the danger of profound environmental crises, the founder of world-systems analysis argues that the nation-state system no longer works. The next twenty-five to fifty years will see the final breakdown of that system, and a time of great conflicts and disorder. It will also be a period in which individual and collective action will have a greater impact on the future than has been possible for 500 years. Utopistics distills Wallerstein’s hugely influential work on the modern world-system in an accessible way. This fascinating and provocative look into our collective political destiny poses urgent questions for anyone concerned with social change in the next millennium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565844575
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
93
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction: The lessons of the 1980s1
I.Geopolitics: post-America
1North Atlanticism in decline19
2The Reagan non-revolution, or the limited choices of the US26
3Japan and the future trajectory of the world-system: lessons from history36
4European unity and its implications for the interstate system49
51968, revolution in the world-system65
6Marx, Marxism-Leninism, and socialist experiences in the modern world-system84
7The Brandt report98
8Typology of crises in the world-system104
9The capitalist world-economy: middle-run prospects123
II.Geoculture: the underside of geopolitics
10National and world identities and the interstate system (with Peter D. Phillips)139
11Culture as the ideological battleground of the modern world-system158
12The national and the universal: can there be such a thing as world culture?184
13What can one mean by Southern culture?200
14The modern world-system as a civilization215
15The renewed concern with civilization(s?)231
Index238

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