World-systems analysis has developed rapidly over the past thirty years. Today's students and junior scholars come to world-systems analysis as a well-established approach spanning all of the social sciences. The best world-systems scholarship, however, is spread across multiple methodologies and more than half a dozen academic disciplines. Aiming to crystallize forty years of progress and lay the groundwork for the continued development of the field, the Handbook of World-Systems Analysis is a comprehensive review of the state of the field of world-systems analysis since its origins almost forty years ago.
The Handbook includes contributions from a global, interdisciplinary group of more than eighty world-systems scholars. The authors include founders of the field, mid-career scholars, and newly emerging voices. Each one presents a snapshot of an area of world-systems analysis as it exists today and presents a vision for the future.
The clear style and broad scope of the Handbook will make it essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, archaeology, geography, political science, history, sociology, and development economics.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Salvatore J. Babones & Christopher Chase-Dunn PART I: Origins 1. Before the Long 16th Century 1. Market Cooperation and the Evolution of the Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican World-System by Richard E. Blanton & Lane F. Fargher 2. Assessing the Debate between Abu-Lughod and Wallerstein over the Thirteenth-Century Origins of the Modern World-System by Elson E. Boles 3. Afroeurasian World-System: Genesis, Transformations, Characteristics by Leonid Grinin and Andrey Korotayev 4. Agricultural Origins and Early Development by E. N. Anderson 5. Qubilai and the Indian Ocean: A New Era? by Paul D. Buell 2. Historical Processes of Incorporation and Development 6. Incorporation into and Merger of World-Systems by Thomas D. Hall 7. The Great Transition Debate and World-Systems Analysis by Eric Mielants 8. The Social Foundations of Global Conflict and Cooperation: Globalization and Global Elite Integration, 19th to 21st Century by Thomas Ehrlich Reifer 9. The East Asian Path of Development by Alvin Y. So 10. Darfur: The Periphery of the Periphery by Younes Abouyoub PART II: Theory and Critiques 3. Theoretical Frontiers in World-Systems Analysis 11. Externality, Contact Periphery and Incorporation by Jon D.Carlson 12. Wallerstein’s World-System: Roots and Contributions by W. L. Goldfrank 13. The Structures of Knowledge: Conceptualizing the Socio-Cultural Arena of Historical Capitalism by Richard E. Lee 14. The Multiplicity of National Development in the World-System: A Critical Perspective by Nobuyuki Yamada 15. Crisis in the World-System: Theoretical and Policy Implications by John Barnshaw and Lynn Letukas 16. Core, Semiperiphery, Periphery: a Variable Geometry Presiding over Conceptualization by Nicole Bousquet 17. Terminal Crisis or a New Systemic Cycle of Accumulation? by Christopher Chase-Dunn 4. Explicit Modeling as a Research Strategy 18. Measuring Transition and Hierarchy of States within the World-Systems Paradigm by Raymond J. Dezzani 19. World-Systems as Dissipative Structures: A New Research Agenda by Peter E. Grimes 20. Narrating Stories about the World System of the First Global Age, 1400-1800 by J.B.Owens 21. World-Systems Theory and Formal and Simulation Modeling by Hiroko Inoue 22. Mathematical Models of the World-System Development by Andrey Korotayev and Sergey Malkov 5. Critical Contributions to World-Systems Analysis 23. World System History: Challenging Eurocentric Knowledge by Robert A. Denemark and Barry K. Gills 24. The Failure of the "Modern World System" and the New Paradigm of the "Critical Theory of Patriarchy" The "Civilization of Alchemists" as a "System of War" by Claudia von Werlhof 25. Authenticating 17th Century "Hegemonies": Dutch, Spanish, French, or None? by David Wilkinson 26. The Challenges of Globalization Theory to World-Systems Analysis by Leslie Sklair PART III: The Contemporary World-Economy 6. Markets and Exchange 27. Surplus Drain and Dark Value in the Modern World-System by Donald A. Clelland 28. The Silence of Finance and Its Critics: Portfolio Investors in the World-System by Aaron Z. Pitluck 29. Debt Crises in the Modern World-System by Christian Suter 30. Economic-Political Interaction in the Core/Periphery Hierarchy by Mikhail Balaev 31. The Other Side of the Global Formation: Structures of the World Lumpeneconomy by Zbigniew Galor 7. Networks and Chains 32. Global Cities, Global Commodity Chains And The Geography of Core-Ness in the Capitalist World-System by Christof Parnreiter 33. Trade, Unequal Exchange and Global Commodity Chains: World-System Structure and Economic Development by David A. Smith 34. Global Cities and World City Networks by David A. Smith and Michael Timberlake 35. How Individuals Shape Global Production by Frederick W. Lee 36. World Cities in Asia by Kyoung-Ho Shin 37. The Internet and the World-System(s) by Piotr Konieczny 8. Globalization and Distribution 38. Globalization: Theories of Convergence and Divergence in the World-System by Kelly F. Austin, Laura A. McKinney and Edward L. Kick 39. Social Stratification and Mobility: National and Global Dimensions by Timothy Patrick Moran 40. Income Inequality in the World: Looking Back and Ahead by Volker Bornschier 41. Billionaires and Global Inequality: Does An Increase in One Indicate an Increase in the Other? by Jenny Chesters 42. The Pervasiveness of ICT in Our Present Modern World-System by Melsome Nelson-Richards, with the assistance of Kandu E. Agbimson PART IV: Development and Underdevelopment 9. Indigeneity and Incorporation 43. Early Capitalist Inauguration and the Formation of a Colonial Shatter Zone by Robbie Ethridge 44. Indigenous Peoples, Globalization and Autonomy in World-Systems Analysis by James V. Fenelon 45. Peasants, Peasantries and (De)peasantization in the Capitalist World-System by Eric Vanhaute 46. Chiefdom World-Systems (with a Focus on Hawaii, 1390-1790) by Elena Ermolaeva 10. Models of Growth and Stagnation 47. Position and Mobility in the Contemporary World-Economy: A Structuralist Perspective by Salvatore J. Babones 48. O’Connorian Models of Peripheral Development: How Third World States Resist World- Systemic Pressures By Cloning the Policies of States in the Core by Samuel Cohn 49. Slums, Favelas, and Shantytowns: An Inquiry into the Global significance of the Urban Periphery, and the Re-articulation of World-systemic External Areas by Delario Lindsey 50. Urbanization and Poverty in the Global South by Shahadat Hossain 11. Food and Agriculture 51. Global Environmental Governance, Competition, and Sustainability in Global Agriculture by Brian J. Gareau and John Borrego 52. Hunger and the Political Economy of the World Food System by Stephen J. Scanlan 53. Incorporating Comparison by Sandra Curtis Comstock 54. Equalizing Exchange through Voluntary Certification?: The Case of Palm Oil by Kristen Shorette PART V: Sustainability 12. Natural Resources and Constraints 55. New Historical Materialism, Extractive Economies, and Socioeconomic and Environmental Change by Paul S. Ciccantell 56. World-System Structure, Natural Capital and Environmental Entropy by Edward L. Kick and Laura A. McKinney 57. What Is Old and What Is New?: Considering World-Systems in the 21st Century and Beyond by Thomas J. Burns 58. Glad Moon Rising: A World-Systems Perspective on the World in Space by Marilyn Dudley-Flores and Thomas Gangale 59. Extraction and the World-System by Paul K. Gellert 60. Geopolitical and Socio-ecological Constraints to the Reproduction of the Capitalist World-Economy by John L. Gulick 61. Energy Use and World-Systems Dynamics by Kirk S. Lawrence 13. The Environment 62. Single and Composite Sustainability Indicators in Comparative Sociology by Philipp Babcicky 63. Forests, Food and Freshwater: A Review of World-Systems Research and Environmental Impact by Rebecca Clausen and Stefano B. Longo 64. The Sociology of Ecologically Unequal Exchange in Comparative Perspective by Andrew K Jorgenson and James Rice 65. The Displacement of Hazardous Products, Production Processes and Wastes in the World-System by R Scott Frey 66. Interacting Landscapes: Toward a Truly Global Environmental History by Alf Hornborg 67. The Environmental Impacts of Foreign Direct Investment in Less-Developed Countries by Andrew K Jorgenson and Jessie Winitzky PART VI: Society 14. Individuals and Families 68. The Centrality of the Household to the Modern World-System by Wilma A. Dunaway 69. International Migration in the World-System by Matthew Sanderson 70. The World-System, Inequality and Violent Conflict: Shifting the Unit of Analysis by Kevin Doran 71. Child Marriage in India: An Overview by Golam S. Khan 72. The Migration of Reproductive Labor From the Periphery to the Core and Semiperiphery Under Neoliberal Globalization by Ligaya Lindio-Mcgovern 73. Impacts of Individualism on World-System Transformation by Roksolana Suchowerska 15. International and Transnational Interactions 74. Geography and War by Albert J. Bergesen 75. The Global Justice Movement and the Social Forum Process by Ellen Reese, Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, Edwin Elias, David W. Everson and James Love 76. Global Civil Society or Global Politics? by Jon Shefner 77. Language in the World-System by Gary Coyne 78. Anti-Systemic Movements Compared by Valentine M. Moghadam 79. Stabilization Operations and Structural Instability in the Contemporary World-System by Jeremy Simpson 80. Conclusion: World-Systems Analysis as a Knowledge Movement by Immanuel Wallerstein
Salvatore Babones is a senior lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney and the author of the Benchmarking America blog. He is the author or editor of three books focusing on development, social change, and global health inequalities.
Christopher Chase-Dunn is the Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California at Riverside and was the founding editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. He is the author or editor of fifteen books on topics ranging from pre-modern world-systems to the future of capitalism.