World-Systems Reader / Edition 1

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This book brings together some of the most influential new research from the world-systems perspective. The authors survey and analyze new and emerging topics from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, from political science to archaeology. Each analytical essay is written in accessible language so that the volume serves as a lucid introduction both to the tradition of world-systems thought and the new debates that are sparking further research today.
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Editorial Reviews

Bsa Network
The strength of this book remains the variety of themes that it explains through a world systems theory approach.
British Sociological Association Newsletter
A World-Systems Reader extends the theoretical territory of world systems theory by bringing it up to date in terms of exploring its relationship to postmodernism, ecology, and globalism. As a result of its breadth, it provides a good introductory text.
Contemporary Sociology
The book offers perspective on the different views of its contributors and makes the debates among them more visible. This makes the book useful to graduate students entering these contested fields and useful to scholars already campaigning across them.
Journal Of World-Systems Research
Unlike so many readers, the articles were either specifically written for or adapted to the collection, so that each clearly attempts to serve these editorial goals. The result is a collection that had more coherence than that found in most books of this sort. Among other things, each article provides a door into a rich literature for anyone wanting to pursue a particular topic. This book is both challenging and accessible. It does what no general text can do. It invites students into the conversation about world-system analysis by practitioners in the field. It makes clear that world-system analysis is an evolving and expanding field. It illustrates the wide range of issues to which world-system analysis can be applied. It identifies unanswered questions, and sources of continued debate. It provides examples of how specific empirical questions have been addressed by using a world-systems analytical framework, including basic questions on the future of human society. In short, it helps students see world-systems analysis as an ongoing intellectual enterprise, rather than just another 'theory' to be learned.
Journal of World History
An important contribution to literature, and anyone would benefit from reading it. All of the essays promise to help readers extend their understanding of one of the most important explanatory paradigms of contemporary times.
Walter Goldfrank
From the Stone Age to the stoned age and from Appalachia to Zanzibar, A World-Systems Reader takes students on a fascinating journey through time and space. The authors demonstrate the range and versatility of this vital and expanding social science perspective through both deft summaries and in-depth examples of contemporary research. A World-Systems Reader is thus an excellent choice for courses on social change.
BSA Network
The strength of this book remains the variety of themes that it explains through a world systems theory approach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847691845
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 0.78 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas D. Hall is currently the Lester M. Jones Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at DePauw University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: World-Systems Analysis: A Small Sample from a Large Universe Chapter 2 Recent Research in World-Systems Analysis Part 3 From Many Disciplines Chapter 4 Archaeology and World-Systems Theory Chapter 5 Geography & World-Systems Analysis Chapter 6 K-Waves, Leadership Cycles, and Global War: A Non-Hyphenated Approach to World Systems Analysis Chapter 7 Gender and the World-System: Engaging the Feminist Literature on Development Part 8 World-System Overviews Chapter 9 Canada's Linguistic and Ethnic Dynamics in an EvolvingWorld-System Chapter 10 Urbanization in the World-System: A Retrospective and Prospective Look Chapter 11 World-Systems Theory in the Context of Systems Theory: An Overview Chapter 12 Postmodernism Explained Part 13 Gender, Urbanism, Cultures, Indigenous Peoples, and Ecology Chapter 14 Women at Risk: Capitalist Incorporation and Community Transformation on the Cherokee Frontier Chapter 15 Resistance Through Healing among American Indian Women Chapter 16 World-Systems, Frontiers, and Ethnogenesis: Rethinking the Theories Chapter 17 Modern East Asia in World-Systems Analysis Part 18 Future Visions Chapter 19 Spiral of Socialism and Capitalism Chapter 20 World System and Ecosystem
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