1st Edition

World-Systems Analysis at a Critical Juncture

    220 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, the world faces extraordinary system-level challenges—from deep inequality and xenophobic nationalism to militarism and neofascism, from the refugee crisis and environmental degradation to upsurges of social unrest and escalating rivalries among powerful states. This book begins from the premise that world-systems analysis can be a powerful tool for the study of these problems, with the potential to overcome the methodological and theoretical limitations of other social science perspectives. The editors argue, moreover, that world-systems analysis can be strengthened by drawing on its holistic methodologies, returning to its Third World roots, and learning from other critical approaches. The authors in this volume not only make important contributions to comparative and historical social science, they also bring a new vigor to the world-systems perspective. Facing critical junctures in both the "state of knowledge" and the "state of the world," this book demonstrates the continued utility of, and future possibilities for, world-systems analysis.

    1. World-Systems Analysis at a Critical Juncture

    Corey R. Payne, Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, and Beverly J. Silver

    Part 1: World Systems Analyses, Concepts, & Methods

    2. Avoiding the Security Trap: The Contributions of Terence Hopkins and World-Systems as Methodology for Critical Police Studies

    Brendan McQuade and Stuart Schrader

    3. Terence K. Hopkins and Concepts as Relational Categories: Different Manifestations of the Relationship between Religion and Neoliberalism in the Global South

    Gamze Evcimen

    4. Symbolic Power and Geoculture in the World-System: Ottoman and Russian Perspectives

    Juho Korhonen

    5. Reconstructing Commodity Chain Analysis as World-Systems Analysis

    David A. Smith, Paul Ciccantell, and Elizabeth Sowers

    Part 2: Continuity and Transformation in World System Hierarchies

    6. The Rise of the Global South and the Redefinition of World System Hierarchies

    Víctor Ramiro Fernández, Luciano Moretti, Joel Sidler, and Emilia Ormaechea

    7. Marxism and World-Systems Analyses in the Transition to the Long 21st Century

    Carlos Eduardo Martins

    8. On the Lineages of World-Systems Analysis: Sub-Imperialism as a Conjunctural Approach

    Antonio Brussi

    9. The Dialectics of Time and Value Accumulation: Alienation on a World Scale Dimension

    Ísis Campos Camarinha

    Part 3: Social Contradictions of Capitalism in the 21st Century

    10. "Primitive" Accumulation under Historical Capitalism and the Unequal Social Regulation of the Global Labor Force

    Kelvin A. Santiago-Valles

    11. "Primitive" Accumulation in Urban Semiperiphery: Ethno-Racial Elites, Rezoning, and Displacement in Manhattan, New York City

    Kai Wen Yang

    12. Global Crisis and Militarized Migration Management: A World-Historic PerspectiveDavid B. Feldman

    13. Dilemma of the Rising Giant: China’s Food Import Strategy and Its Constraints

     Shaohua Zhan and Lingli Huang


    Corey R. Payne is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on the dynamics of historical capitalism, social conflict, and war-making.

    Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. His book Unveiling Inequality (NY, 2009), co-written with Timothy P. Moran, won the 2010 Best Book Award of the Political Economy of the World-System section of the American Sociological Association. His current research focuses on global patterns of income inequality, social stratification, and mobility.

    Beverly J. Silver, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University.