The fall of communism, the emergence of the information age, and the expansion of economic globalism are the point of departure for this text. The author shows how these seemingly new developments fit with earlier patterns of global formation and change. This edition also evaluates studies of the modern world-system and assesses the implications for the future of the contemporary system.
"Handbook on Evolution and Society" brings together original chapters by prominent scholars who have been instrumental in the revival of evolutionary theorizing and research in the social sciences over the last twenty-five years. Previously unpublished essays provide up-to-date, critical surveys of recent research and key debates. The contributors discuss early challenges posed by sociobiology, the rise of evolutionary psychology, the more conflicted response of evolutionary sociology to sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Chapters address the application and limitations of Darwinian ideas in the social sciences. Prominent authors come from a variety of disciplines in ecology, biology, primatology, psychology, sociology, and the humanities. The most comprehensive resource available, this vital collection demonstrates to scholars and students the new ways in which evolutionary approaches, ultimately derived from biology, are influencing the diverse social sciences and humanities.
This work brings together a collection of original essays on the contemporary study of international political economy (IPE). It provides contrasting and challenging interpretations of the study of IPE and the global political economy in general. It also exposes the reader to major issues and problems in international political economy such as European unification, U.S.-Japanese trade tensions, Africa's role in the world economy, international debt, and international financial reform. A cross-section of viewpoints provide challenging and insightful analyses of the major contemporary issues in international political economy. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of international relations, political economy, and political science.
Introduction: Hegemony, state-corporate globaliztion, and antisystemic movements: contending theoretical and historical approaches / Thomas Ehrlich Reifer. 1. The United State in decline? / Immanuel wallerstein. 2. The phoenix cycle: global leadership transition in a long-wave perspective / Joachim Karl Rennstich. 3. From state hegemonies to transnational hegemony: a global capitalism approach / William I. Robinson. 4. Quantifying hegemony in the world economy / Jeffrey Kentor. 5. Servants of the world system: an anlysis of servitude in the United States and the new international division of reproductive labor / Amy Holmes. 6. globalization: the new mechanism of dependency / Kathleen C. Schwartzman. 7. The sweatshop dynamic: U.S. shipper hegemony in the global logisitics sector of Los Angeles / Edna Bonacich. 8. Hegemonic decline and revolution: when the world is up for grabs / Terry Boswell. 9. The politics of global Islam: U.S. hegemony, globalization, and Islamist social movements / Paul M. Lubeck and Thomas Ehrlich Reifer. 10. Hegemony lost: understanding Islamic fundamentalism / Lauren Langman.
We are all familiar with the popular and academic analyses of the ongoing and future ascent of China. Two of the associated questions are whether and when China might succeed the United States as the lead state in the world system. These are interesting questions, albeit ones that are not likely to be answered in the immediate future. An alternative focus examines instead periods of systemic transition – eras in which it is conceivable that a new leader might emerge at the expense of an older system leader. Framing the question this way presumes that a) future systemic transitions remain a possibility and b) transitions do not occur abruptly but may require several decades to set up structural situations in which a transition might take place. Neither of these assumptions are carved in stone and are open to question. It may be that future systemic transitions are unlikely. Or, it may be that they will not occur as they have in the past. All of these possibilities are assessed from a variety of different perspectives.
new perspectives on gender, urbanism, cultures, indigenous peoples, and ecology
Author: Thomas D. Hall
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
This book brings together some of the most influential 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. Visit our website for sample chapters!
This study evaluates the state-initiated policies in post-1965 Zaire and their impact on the people. Although the state has accorded priority to the socioeconomic development of the agricultural and rural sector, that objective, the author claims, has been political, not socioeconomic. Over time conventional indicators show that the sector has not received sufficient financial support and has lacked the political will to obtain the assigned goals. The study also examines the nature of the state in Zaire and calls for the mastery of the state as the sine qua non without which Zaire will remain in its present state of underdevelopment.