An Introduction to the World-System Perspective

An Introduction to the World-System Perspective

An Introduction to the World-System Perspective

An Introduction to the World-System Perspective

Synopsis

Thomas R. Shannon is professor of sociology at Radford University and the author of Urban Problems in Sociological Perspective and American Social Structure.

Excerpt

Neither world events nor world-system analysis has stood still since 1989. This edition attempts to take into account the dramatic changes associated with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and significant developments in the semi-periphery and periphery. I have also taken the opportunity to correct some errors and omissions pointed out to me by various reviewers and/or users of the first edition. a new chapter has been added to address some of the topics and issues that have come to prominence in the world-system literature during the past five years. Although the book continues to give considerable attention to criticisms of the world-system approach, I have attempted to correct some unintentionally harsh statements in my final evaluation of the perspective that seem to have misled readers about where my general theoretical sympathies lie.

Thomas R. Shannon . . .

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