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The Curve of American Power
Will strategic failure in Iraq hasten a decline in US hegemony? Immanuel Wallerstein surveys the global landscape that might emerge from the longue durée of American rule, with rival regional powers competing for energy, water and markets in an unstructured world-political order.
The 'Crisis of the Seventeenth Century'
Istart with a world-system perspective on underdevelopment.footnote* What does that mean? Essentially two things. First, that economic processes in the modern world take place within the framework of a system we may call the capitalist world-economy, and ‘underdevelopment’ is therefore merely a descriptive term for that part of the processes . . . read more
Questioning Eurocentricism: A Reply to Gregor McLennan
Gregor McLennan says he is replying to my article on ‘Eurocentrism and its Avatars’. It seems to me what he is doing is taking off from my article to criticize ‘post-colonial theorists’, who are also characterized as ‘maximal anti-Eurocentrics’. The justification seems to be that ‘in places Wallerstein seems to . . . read more
Eurocentricism and its Avatars: The Dilemmas of Social Science
Social science has been Eurocentric throughout its institutional history, which means since there have been departments teaching social science within university systems.footnote1 This is not in the least surprising. Social science is a product of the modern world-system, and Eurocentrism is constitutive of the geoculture of the modern world. Furthermore, . . . read more
The Agonies of Liberalism: What Hope Progress?
We meet on a triple anniversary: the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Kyoto Seika University in 1968; the 25th Anniversary of the world revolution of 1968; the 52nd Anniversary of the exact day (at least on the us calendar) of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese fleet. . . . read more
The Bourgeois(ie) as Concept and Reality
In the mythology of the modern world, the quintessential protagonist is the bourgeois. footnote* Hero for some, villain for others, the inspiration or lure for most, he has been the shaper of the present and the destroyer of the past. In English, we tend to avoid the term ‘bourgeois’, preferring . . . read more