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Geopolitics and Geoculture : Essays on the Changing World-System - Immanuel Wallerstein

Geopolitics and Geoculture

Essays on the Changing World-System

Paperback Published: 30th September 1991
ISBN: 9780521406048
Number Of Pages: 252

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This is the third volume of Immanuel Wallerstein's essays to appear in Studies in Modern Capitalism, following the immensely successful collections The Politics of the World Economy and The Capitalist World Economy. Written between 1982 and 1989, the essays in this volume offer Wallerstein's perspective on the events of the period, and the background to his interpretation of the momentous events of 1989. Wallerstein argues that the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the process of perestroika bear out his basic analysis: that the decline of U.S. hegemony in the world-system is the central explanatory variable of change; and that the collapse of the communist empire and the approach of European unity cannot be understood without reference to this decline as a critical stage in the cyclical rhythm of the capitalist world economy. As part of the analysis the book also charts the development of a challenge to the dominant "geoculture": the cultural framework within which the world-system operates. This collection offers the latest ideas of one of the most original and controversial thinkers of recent years, and is bound to stimulate debate among students and scholars across the social sciences.

"This is a work of sociology with a grand historical sweep...There are many original and stimulating thoughts here." Foreign Affairs "This collection of essays is exceptional...likely to offer some refreshing, if controversial, views on present world affairs." Jan Nijman, The Professional Geographer

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The lessons of the 1980sp. 1
Geopolitics: post-America
North Atlanticism in declinep. 19
The Reagan non-revolution, or the limited choices of the USp. 26
Japan and the future trajectory of the world-system: lessons from historyp. 36
European unity and its implications for the interstate systemp. 49
1968, revolution in the world-systemp. 65
Marx, Marxism-Leninism, and socialist experiences in the modern world-systemp. 84
The Brandt reportp. 98
Typology of crises in the world-systemp. 104
The capitalist world-economy: middle-run prospectsp. 123
Geoculture: the underside of geopolitics
National and world identities and the interstate system (with Peter D. Phillips)p. 139
Culture as the ideological battleground of the modern world-systemp. 158
The national and the universal: can there be such a thing as world culture?p. 184
What can one mean by Southern culture?p. 200
The modern world-system as a civilizationp. 215
The renewed concern with civilization(s?)p. 231
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780521406048
ISBN-10: 0521406048
Series: Studies in Modern Capitalism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 30th September 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38