Political Economy of the World-System Annuals

Overcoming Global Inequalities

Immmanuel Wallerstein, Christian Suter, and Christopher Chase-Dunn (Eds.)

Published by Paradigm Publishers, Boulder/London, 2015
ISBN 978-1-61205-688-3, 238 pages

This book examines the changing nature of global inequalities and efforts that are being made to move toward a more egalitarian world society. The contributors are world historical sociologists and geographers who place the contemporary issues of unequal power, wealth, and income in a global historical perspective. The geographers examine the roles of geopolitics and patterns of warfare in the historical development of the modern world-system, and the sociologists examine endeavors to improve the situations of poor peoples and nations and to engage the challenges of sustainability that are linked with global inequalities. This is cutting-edge research from engaged social scientists intended to help humanity deal with the challenges of global inequality in the 21st century.


Immanuel Wallerstein, Christopher Chase-Dunn, and Christian Suter “Global Inequalities and Their Challenges in World-Historical Perspective” (Introduction)

Part I: Historical Development of Inequalities
Manuela Boatca “Commodification of Citizenship: Global Inequalities and the Modern Transmission of Property”
Gary Coyne “The Political Economy of Language Education Policies”
Lindsay Marie Jacobs and Ronan Van Rossem “Political Prominence and the World-System: Can Political Globalization Counter Core Hegemony?”
Jeffrey Kentor and Matthew R. Sanderson “Foreign Investment, Political Corruption, and Internal Violence: A Structural Analysis, 1970–1995”
Jason Struna “Transnationally Implicated Labor Processes as Transnational Social Relations: Workplaces and Global Class Formation”

Part II: Geopolitics and Warfare as Arenas of Struggle
Patrick Bond “Territorial Alliance and Emerging-Market Development Banking: A View from Subimperial South Africa”
Raymond J. Dezzani and Colin Flint “One Logic, Many Wars: The Variety and Geography of Wars in the Capitalist World-Economy, 1816–2007”

Part III: Social Movements in Struggle
James Fénelon “Indigenous Alternatives to the Global Crises of the Modern World-System”
Jennifer Givens and Andrew Jorgenson “Global Integration and Carbon Emissions, 1965–2005”
Sahan Savas Karatasli, Sefika Kumral, Ben Scully, Beverly Silver, and Smriti Upadhyay “Class, Crisis, and the 2011 Protest Wave: Cyclical and Secular Trends in Global Labor Unrest”
Harold Kerbo and Patrick Ziltener “Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction in the Modern World-System: Southeast Asia and the Negative Case of Cambodia”

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