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Creating and Transforming Households : The Constraints of the World-Economy - Joan Smith

Creating and Transforming Households

The Constraints of the World-Economy

By: Joan Smith, Immanuel Wallerstein, Maria del Carmen Baerga (Contribution by), Mark Beittel (Contribution by), Kathie Friedman-Kasaba (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 26th October 1992
ISBN: 9780521427135
Number Of Pages: 320

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This book seeks an explanation of the oft-observed pattern of sharp discrepancy of wage levels across the world-economy for work of comparable productivity. It explores how far such differences can be explained by the different structures of households as "income-pooling units, " examining three key variables: location in the core or periphery of the world-economy; periods of expansion versus periods of contraction in the world-economy; and secular transformation over time. The authors argue that both the boundaries of households and their sources of income are molded by the changing patterns of the world-economy, but are also modes of defense against its pressures. Drawing empirical data from eight local regions in three different zones - the United States, Mexico, and southern Africa - this book presents a systematic and original approach to the intimate link between the micro-structures of households and the structures of the capitalist world-economy at a global level.

"This book is a useful sourcebook for those interested iin the specific regions of the world it covers. Perhaps more importantly, it provides empirical evidence to confirm that even in the United States, the classic Fordist worker has existed only during very short periods, while the economic contribution of other members of the household has always been a crucial factor in their reproduction." Belinda Leach, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology

Preface
Household as an institution of the world-economy
The united States
The Detroit Story: the crucible of Fordism
New York City: the underside of the world's capital
Binghamton: the secrets of a backwater
Puerto Rico: from colony to colony
Mexico
Mexico City: the slow rise of wage-centered households
Central Mexico: the decline of subsistence and the rise of poverty
Southern Africa
The Witwatersrand: black households, white households
Lesotho: the creation of the households William G. Martin
Core-periphery and household structures
Postscript on method
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521427135
ISBN-10: 0521427134
Series: Studies in Modern Capitalism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th October 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47