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The End of the World as We Know It : Social Science for the Twenty-First Century - Immanuel Wallerstein

The End of the World as We Know It

Social Science for the Twenty-First Century

Paperback Published: 30th January 2001
ISBN: 9780816633982
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book is nothing short of a state-of-the-world address, delivered by a scholar uniquely suited to the task. Immanuel Wallerstein, one of the most prominent social scientists of our time, documents the profound transformations our world is undergoing. With these transformations, he argues, come equally profound changes in how we understand the world.

Wallerstein begins his work with an appraisal of significant recent events -- the collapse of the Leninist states, the exhaustion of national liberation movements, the rise of East Asia, challenges to national sovereignty, dangers to the environment, debates about national identity, and the marginalization of migrant populations. Wallerstein places these events and trends in the context of the changing modern world-system as a whole and identifies the historic choices they put before us. The End of the World As We Know It concludes with a crucial analysis of the momentous intellectual challenges to social science as we know it today and suggests possible responses to them.

Prefacep. ix
Uncertainty and Creativity: Premises and Conclusionsp. 1
The World of Capitalism
Social Science and the Communist Interlude, or Interpretations of Contemporary Historyp. 7
The ANC and South Africa: The Past and Future of Liberation Movements in the World-Systemp. 19
The Rise of East Asia, or The World-System in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 34
Coda: The So-called Asian Crisis: Geopolitics in the Longue Dureep. 49
States? Sovereignty? The Dilemmas of Capitalists in an Age of Transitionp. 57
Ecology and Capitalist Costs of Production: No Exitp. 76
Liberalism and Democracy: Freres Ennemis?p. 87
Integration to What? Marginalization from What?p. 104
Social Change? Change Is Eternal. Nothing Ever Changesp. 118
The World of Knowledge
Social Science and Contemporary Society: The Vanishing Guarantees of Rationalityp. 137
Differentiation and Reconstruction in the Social Sciencesp. 157
Eurocentrism and Its Avatars: The Dilemmas of Social Sciencep. 168
The Structures of Knowledge, or How Many Ways May We Know?p. 185
The Rise and Future Demise of World-Systems Analysisp. 192
Social Science and the Quest for a Just Societyp. 202
The Heritage of Sociology, the Promise of Social Sciencep. 220
Notesp. 253
Permissionsp. 269
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780816633982
ISBN-10: 0816633983
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th January 2001
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 13.97 x 21.59  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36

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