This book demonstrates that Immanuel Wallerstein's reluctance to apply core and periphery to precapitalist transformations is a product of the way he views the luxury trade. It utilizes the study of different kinds of world-systems to explore how logics of social reproduction become transformed.
Introduction 1. Conceptualizing Core/Periphery Hierarchies for Comparative Study 2. Was There a Precapitalist World-System? 3. 5000 Years of World System History: The Cumulation of Accumulation 4. Cores, Peripheries, and Civilizations 5. The Evolution of Societies and World-Systems 6. Prehistoric Chiefdoms on the American Midcontinent: A World-System Based on Prestige Goods 7. The Role of Nomads in Core/Periphery Relations 8. The Monte Alban State: A Diachronic Perspective on an Ancient Core and its Periphery 9. Epilogue