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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (27 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822334429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822334422
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[T]his book is an introduction to a historical analysis and a social scientific perspective that are truly extraordinary. Wallerstein had the intellectual vision to ask all the right questions in the 1960s, and he's still asking them today."
--Timothy Patrick Moran, "Qualitative Sociology"

"[A] much-appreciated corrective to trendy postmodernist assaults on comparative research, temporal trajectories, and research strategies in search of patterns. . . . This book affords a convenient introduction to such research agendas that are in need of long-term analysis."
--Brian J. McVeigh," H-Net (H-US-Japan)"

""World-System Analysis" provides a strong, readable overview of world-systems analysis and the dynamics of the modern world-system. . . . . [B]oth educators and students should find the text useful in its elaboration of social theory, contemporary social problems, economic sociology, political sociology, and the dynamics of globalization."
--Warren Fincher, "Teaching Sociology"

"This is a concise and elegantly written introduction by a major historian and social theorist. Given recent interest in globalization, Wallerstein's overview is particularly timely. . . . No on interested in Wallerstein's oeuvre or in teaching world-systems theory should be without this definitive introduction for both students and general readers. Essential."
--D. Ashley, "CHOICE"

""World-Systems Analysis": An Introduction reminds us of the enduring importance of this radical intellectual tradition. . . . Wallerstein's introduction to world-systems analysis deals eloquently
with epistemological shifts and explains the emergence of basic disciplinary divisions that have crystallized into the faculties and departments of most modern universities. In admirably accessible language, Wallerstein traces the emergence of modern academic disciplines (political sciences, economics, and sociology), illustrates the spread of 'area studies' programs, and explains the rise of the 'development' paradigm. . . ."
--Goetz Ottmann, "Thesis Eleven"

"It is hard to disagree with Wallerstein when he writes, 'We need first of all to try to understand clearly what is going on. We need then to make our choices about the directions in which we want the world to go. And we must finally figure out how we can act in the present so that it is likely to go in the direction we prefer. We can think of these three tasks as the intellectual, the moral and the political tasks'(p. 90). The author himself makes a most interesting attempt to solve the three tasks indicated above. It makes sense for all of us to get a better understanding of it, if we share concern about the fate of the world or if at least we try to comprehend it and hence our own problems."
--Oleg Gabriyelyan, "Review of Politics"

"Wallerstein produces both more compelling and clearly written explanations for his theory than at any time past. . . . Wallerstein successfully delivers a precise and easily understood statement of his model in the first twenty pages of his book in a way that he never previously has. This will be of great use to students and professors alike who are looking to acquaint themselves with, or teach, his theory. This new clarity will reduce the confusion surrounding his ideas that have often led critics to knock down open doors and pummel straw men of their own creation because they really did not understand the ideas Wallerstein was trying to advance. For intellectually honest critics, the theory will now be subject to scrutiny based on what it really is."
--Jeff Sommers, "International Social Science Review"

At a time when globalization is at the center of international debate from Davos to Porto Alegre, an introduction to world-systems analysis, an original approach to world development since the sixteenth century, is timely and relevant. This is a lucidly written and comprehensive treatment of its origins, controversies, and development by Immanuel Wallerstein, its undoubted pioneer and most eminent practitioner. Eric Hobsbawm, author of Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life and The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914 1991"

"At a time when globalization is at the center of international debate from Davos to Porto Alegre, an introduction to 'world-systems analysis, ' an original approach to world development since the sixteenth century, is timely and relevant. This is a lucidly written and comprehensive treatment of its origins, controversies, and development by Immanuel Wallerstein, its undoubted pioneer and most eminent practitioner."--Eric Hobsbawm, author of Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life and The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991

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“At a time when globalization is at the center of international debate from Davos to Porto Alegre, an introduction to ‘world-systems analysis,’ an original approach to world development since the sixteenth century, is timely and relevant. This is a lucidly written and comprehensive treatment of its origins, controversies, and development by Immanuel Wallerstein, its undoubted pioneer and most eminent practitioner.”—Eric Hobsbawm, author of Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life and The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914–1991


“Immanuel Wallerstein’s mind can reach as far and encompass as much as anyone’s in our time. The world, to him, is a vast, integrated system, and he makes the case for that vision with an elegant and almost relentless logic. But he also knows that to see as he does requires looking through a very different epistemological lens than the one most of us are in the habit of using. So his gift to us is not just a new understanding of how the world works but a new way of apprehending it. A brilliant work on both scores.”—Kai Erikson, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Sociology and American Studies, Yale University

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