In this book prominent scholars from around the world debate two major themes: the past and future of the capitalist world-economy, and the ways in which a capitalist economy shapes Western research, the academy, and broader knowledge structures. Putting the two themes together, they also analyze the relationship between scholarship and the rest of the world. The book is published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fernand Braudel Center. Contributors Samir Amin, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Bart Tromp,. Claudia von Werlhof, Giovanni Arrighi, Pablo Gonzalez-Casanova, Marcel van der Linden, Randall Collins, Mahm ood Mamdani, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Janet Abu-Lughod, Maurice Aymard, and Immanuel Wallerstein.
Introduction: Scholarship and Reality Immanuel Wallerstein PART I: The Capitalist World-Economy: From Past to Future Chapter 1: Globalism or Apartheid on a Global Scale? Samir Amin Chapter 2: Through the Obstacle(s) and on to Global Socialism Christopher Chase-Dunn Chapter 3: Europe: The Asymptote of Political Integration Bart Tromp Chapter 4: Using, Producing, and Replacing Life?: Alchemy as Theory and Practice in Capitalism Claudia von Werlhof Chapter 5: Hegemony and Antisystemic Movements Giovanni Arrighi Chapter 6: Present Systemic Trends and Antisystemic Movements Pablo Gonzalez Casanova Chapter 7: Proletarian Internationalism: A Long View and Some Speculations Marcel van der Linden PART II: Structures of Knowledge and Constructed Knowledge in the Modern World Chapter 8: Commonality and Divergence of World Intellectual Structures in the Second Millennium CE Randall Collins Chapter 9: Africa and African Studies Mahmood Mamdani Chapter 10: A Critique of Lazy Reason: Against the Waste of Experience Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chapter 11: Continuing American Provincialism and the Rest of the World Janet L. Abu-Lughod Chapter 12: Does One Represent Reality or Does One Explain It? Maurice Aymard Chapter 13: The Scholarly Mainstream and Reality: Are We at a Turning Point? Immanuel Wallerstein Chapter 14: The North Atlantic Universals Michel-Rolph Trouillot Index About the Contributors