Global Formation: Structures of the World-Economy
Core/Periphery Relations in Precapitalist Worlds
The Historical Evolution of the International Political Economy
Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems
The Wintu and Their Neighbors: A Very Small World-System in Northern California
The Future of Global Conflict
The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism

Globalization on the Ground: Postbellum Guatemalan Development and Democracy

Hegemonic Declines: Present and Past

The Historical Evolution of World-Systems

Global Social Change: A Reader

Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis

Social Change: globalization from the Stone Age to the Present


Global Formation:
Structures of the World-Economy

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Cori, Mae and Frances

Second Edition published by Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.
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Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems.

 Christopher Chase-Dunn and Thomas D. Hall. 1997. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 

This book compares the modern global world-system with earlier regional intersocietal systems. Christopher Chase-Dunn and Thomas Hall propose an evolutionary theory that explains how myriad small-scale systems became unified into a single global system over the last ten thousand years. Their theory focuses on semiperipheral societies as agents of expansion and transformation of political structures and economic networks and suggests how basic transformation might occur in the future. 

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The Wintu and Their Neighbors:
A Very Small World-System in
Northern California
Christopher Chase-Dunn
Kelly M. Mann
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On the cutting edge of world-systems theory comes The Wintu and Their Neighbors, the first case study to compare and contrast systematically an indigenous Native American society with the modern world at large. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines sociology, anthropology, political science, geography, and history, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Kelly M. Mann have scoured the archaeological record of the Wintu, an aboriginal people without agriculture, mettallurgy, or class structure, who lived in the wooded valleys and hills of Northern California. By studying the household composition, kinship, and trade relations of the Wintu, they call into question some of the basic assumptions of prior sociological theory and analysis.
Chase-Dunn and Mann argue that Immanuel Wallerstein's world-systems perspective, originally applied only to the study of modern capitalist societies, can also be applied to the study of social, economic, and political relationships in small, stateless societies. They contend that despite the fact that the Wintu appear on the surface to have been a household-based society, this indigenous groups was in fact involved in a myriad of networks of interaction that resulted in intermarriages and that extended for many miles around the region. These interactions, which were not based on the economic dominance of one society over another -- a concept fundamental to Wallerstein's world-systems theory -- led to the eventual expansion of the Wintu as a cultural group.  Thus, despite the fact that the Wintu lacked wealth accumulation, class distinctions, and culture dominance, Chase-Dunn and Mann insist that the Wintu were involved in a world-system and argue, therefore, that they concept of the "minisystem" should be discarded. They urge other scholars to employ this comparative world-systems perspective in their research on stateless societies.

This book is a close study of a very small world-system in Northern California. The comparative world-systems perspective examines the structures and developmental patterns of intersocietal networks, be they small or global. The modern world-system is a complex, hierarchical intercontinental system that encompasses the whole Earth. An important structural feature of the modern system is the core/periphery hierarchy composed of developed and developing countries. Beginning about twelve thousand years ago nomadic foragers in the Near East settled into villages creating the first mesolithic sedentary societies. These first sedentary foragers -- the Natufians -- interacted in important ways with neighboring nomads, creating the first instance of a differentiated core/periphery relationship. Such small scale egalitarian societies continued to exist in Northern California until they were disrupted by the Gold Rush of 1849.

The native Californians at the north end of the Sacramento Valley were sedentary and territorial hunter-gatherers who interacted with one another across major linguistic boundaries by means of trade, warfare, intergroup celebrations and cross-cultural intermarriage networks. We studied the social geography of this regional system to determine if any of the intergroup interaction patterns could be construed as core/periphery relations. We conclude that this was a system in which fundamentally egalitarian intersocietal relations were being reproduced, though some aspects of intergroup relations exhibited mild, and perhaps incipient, forms of intersocietal hierarchy.

This case study of the Wintu and their neighbors has important implications for sorting out the structural similarities and differences between smaller and larger world-systems. Despite being quite small in comparative perspective, the Northern California world-system was not a "minisystem" in which a single culture encompassed all systemically important interactions. As with most other world-systems, important interactions were occurring across major cultural and linguistic boundaries. Core/periphery hierarchy was a very mild affair. The valley-dwelling Wintu were expanding into the territory of surrounding hill peoples, but the rate and methods of expansion and incorporation were slow and non-exploitative, especially in comparison with the process of genocide and forced incorporation that occurred when the modern world-system engulfed the indigenes of Northern California. We postulate hypothetical alternative outcomes based on a theory of world-systems evolution to imagine what might have happened in Northern California if the indigenous peoples of this region had not been violently incorporated into the expanding capitalist world-economy. This study contributes knowledge of an important case to the research program known as the comparative world-systems perspective and sheds new light on the unique aspects of the cultures and social structures created by the indigenous peoples of Northern California.


Appendix 1: Sources coded to study interaction networks in the Northern California prehistoric world-system of the Wintu and their neighbors.

Appendix 2: Notes on Projectile point data from the Sacramento River Canyon

Appendix 3: Wintu, Yana, Pit River and Chimariko Placenames: data on pairs for determining calque ratios




London in the Sage Studies in International Sociology Series.:

Future of Global Conflict
 Volker Bornschier and  Christopher Chase-Dunn  (eds.)
This book addresses the question of future competition for hegemony in the core of the global system. The authors, both sociologists and political scientists, construct scenarios and examine long terms trends and cycles of the global system to inform their judgements about possible and probable futures. The core of the modern world-system has experienced a series of hegemonic rises and declines for centuries. The Dutch were hegemonic in the European world-economy of the seventeenth century. The British rose to hegemony in the nineteenth century, and the United States emerged as the economic and military hegemon of the twentieth century. The U.S. economic hegemony is now declining and the question upon which this book focusses is whether or not the cycles of the rise and fall of hegemonic core powers will be replaced by a new supranational structure of competition and cooperation in the next two or three decades. Will a more pacific global system of economic competition and cooperation replace the the combination of economic competition and military conflict that has been the modus operandi of the world-system for centuries? Which countries or regions have strong prospects for a future hegemonic position? Several of the contributing authors evaluate the hegemonic prospects of the United States, Germany, German-led Europe, Japan and China.
Published in May 1999.

Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism: Toward Global Democracy
 Terry Boswell and Christopher Chase-Dunn

 At the core of this book is the argument that, though the word "socialism" is widely held in disdain in the current discourse about the world's past and its future, the idea of socialism as collective rationality and popular democracy is far from dead.

 Boswell and Chase-Dunn describe a spiral of capitalism and socialism—of economic expansion  and social progress—that creates repeated opportunities for positive transformation at the global  level. They contend that social democracy is both desirable and possible at the level of the  world-system. And they present a straight-forward, compelling case in support of that contention.

 The first section of the book explains the structural dynamics of the world-system. The second  explores the great failures, and the limited successes, that were the outcome of efforts to build a  state socialist "second world." A final section addresses the possible futures of the world-system  and, especially, how to move realistically toward global democracy.

Terry Boswell was professor of sociology at Emory University. He is author of America's  Changing Role in the World-System and Revolution in the World-System.
Christopher  Chase-Dunn is professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His recent publications  include and Global Conflict in the Future.


      The Political Economy of the Capitalist World-System.
      World Divides and World Revolutions.
      The Revolutions of 1989.
      The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism.
      Getting Past the Post.
      The Future of the World-System.
 January 2000/270 Pages
 ISBN: 1-55587-824-5 HC $55.00
 ISBN: 1-55587-849-0 PB $23.50
 LC: 99-16269
 Lynne Rienner, Publishers. Boulder, CO. Power and Social Change: Studies in Political Sociology

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Hanul Publishing Company, Seoul, Korea ( isbn 89-460-3253-7

Guatamalan Development and Democracy

<>Christopher Chase-Dunn, Nelson Amaro and Susanne Jonas (eds.) 2001 Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


Globalization on the Ground offers us an in-depth picture of the prospects and difficulties of a democratic transition in Guatemala following its civil war. Its story, told by Guatemalan and U.S. scholars, has lessons about power and ethnicity applicable around the globe, and should be read by far more than the area specialists. It is the story of the uncertain hopes of our current world scene.”  Immanuel Wallerstein


Part I: The Future of Guatemalan Development

Chapter 1:  Guatemalan Development and Democracy

Christopher Chase-Dunn, Susanne Jonas and Nelson Amaro

Chapter 2: Development and Equity: the Agenda for the 21st Century,

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Chapter 3:  Global forces and regime change: Guatemala with

the Central American context

John Booth University of North Texas

Chapter 4: Democratization Through Peace: The Difficult

Case of Guatemala

Susanne Jonas University of California, Santa Cruz

Chapter 5: Decentralization, Local Government and Citizen

Participation: Unsolved Problems in the Guatemalan

Democratization Process

Nelson Amaro Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Chapter 6: Demilitarization and security in El Salvador and

Guatemala: Convergences of Success and Crisis

Douglas Kincaid Florida International University

Chapter 7: Democracy and the Market in Guatemala

Edelberto Torres-Rivas UNSRID/GUATEMALA.

Chapter 8: Coffee and the Guatemalan state

Stephen Bunker University of Wisconsin

Part III: Indigenous Movements and Social Change

Chapter 9:  Pan-Mayanism and the Guatemalan Peace Process

Kay B. Warren Harvard University

Chapter 10: The development of globalization in the Mayan


Jose Serech CEDIM/Guatemala

Chapter 11: Linguistic diversity, interculturalism and democracy

Michael Richards and Julia Richards Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Part IV: Globalization on the Ground

Chapter 12: Neo-liberalism, the global elite, and the Guatemalan


William Robinson  University of California, Santa Barbara

Chapter 13: Globalization from below in Guatemala

Christopher Chase-Dunn University of California, Riverside

Chapter 14: Theories of Development and their Application to Small Countries: The Guatemalan Case

Alejandro  Portes Princeton University


Hegemonic Declines:

Present and Past

Jonathan Friedman and Christopher Chase-Dunn (eds.) 2005. Boulder, CO.: Paradigm Press.

The United States is currently the world's only military and economic superpower. But the September 11th terrorist attacks, widely spread unhappiness with U.S. policies among both allies and challengers, and growing discontent with U.S.-led corporate globalization may be signs that the nation's superpower status may not last. The place of the United States in the global system of power is one of the main problems that is examined by prominent sociologists, anthropologists and geographers from all over the world in this integrated collection of essays on the phenomenon of hegemonic decline.

This book addresses the difficulties of conceptualizing and assessing hegemonic rise and decline in comparative and historical perspective.  Several chapters are devoted to the study of hegemony in premodern and early modern world-systems. And several chapters examine hegemony in the modern world-system, especially comparing the current era of United States primacy with the earlier Dutch and British hegemonies. A final section considers resistance movements and hegemonic transitions by studying transnational indigenism and the relationship between terrorism and hegemonic decline.

            The possible futures of the global system are illuminated by careful study of its past and comparisons with power processes in the premodern ages.


Table of Contents

Introduction:  Jonathan Friedman and Christopher Chase-Dunn

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Chapter 1

Johnny Persson, Social Anthropology, University of Lund

"Escaping a closed universe: World-system crisis, regional dynamics and the rise of Aegean palatial society"

Chapter 2

Kasja Ekholm, Social Anthropology, University of Lund

"The final collapse of the Mediterranean-Egyptian-Near Eastern Bronze Age as a global systemic phenomenon." 

Chapter 3

Jonathan Friedman, Social Anthropology, University of Lund and

        Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

"Plus ca change? On not learning from history"

Part II: Comparing Modern Hegemonic Decline

Chapter 4

Peter Taylor, Geography, Loughborough University,

"The problem of Dutch hegemonic decline and its relationship to globalization."

Chapter 5

Karen Barkey, Sociology, Columbia University  "A perspective on Ottoman decline” 

Chapter 6

Beverly Silver and Giovanni Arrighi, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University,

" Polanyi's “double movement”: The belle epoques of British and U.S. hegemony compared"

Chapter 7

Thomas Reifer, Institute for Research on World-Systems, University of California, Riverside

"Hegemonic transitions, globalization and global elite formation."

Part III: Hegemonic Decline and Resistance

Chapter 8

Thomas D. Hall, Sociology, DePauw University, and James Fenelon, Sociology, Cal State, San Bernardino,

"Indigenous peoples and hegemonic change: opportunities for resistance or dangerous times?"

Chapter 9

Albert Bergesen and Omar Lizardo, Sociology, University of Arizona,

"Terrorism and hegemonic decline."

The Historical Evolution

of World-Systems

Christopher Chase-Dunn and E.N. Anderson (eds.) 2005.  London: Palgrave.

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This book analyses the historical evolution of world-systems.  The chapters consider various aspects of the rise and fall of great powers as seen in particular cases from early time periods.  Taken together, they advance our understanding of the regularities in the dynamics of empire and economic expansion since the Bronze Age.

            The authors all share a world historical systems perspective on large-scale social change. They analyze the expansion and contraction of cross-cultural trade networks and systems of competing and allying states.  In premodern times, these ranged from small local trading networks (even the very small ones of hunting-gathering peoples) to the vast Mongol world-system (Genghis Khan’s empire and the much larger area it affected deeply).  Within such systems, there is usually one, or a very few, hegemonic powers (again, the range is from the overwhelming dominance of the Mongols under Genghis down to such things as the brief and tenuous hold of the Portuguese on power at the start of the modern world-system).     

            A great deal of scholarship has been engaged in recent years on the questions of how such systems change, and how certain powers achieve varying degrees of dominance within them. The chapters in this book review several recent approaches and present a wealth of new findings. Two of the chapters address the rise of the West and the recent debates over why the European powers were eventually able to outpace the complex societies of South and East Asia. And one of the chapters addresses the political ecology of hegemonic competition within the modern world-system.

The book is aimed primarily at scholars in history and the social sciences, but may also have a broader appeal.  It will be of interest to those who care to understand the rise and fall of empires and the regularities in historical processes over space and time; it could thus have a wide readership.  It should also prove useful in advanced college courses in world history, world-systems theory, and human ecology.

Table of Contents

Preface, Christopher Chase-Dunn and E. N. Anderson

Chapter 1  E. N. Anderson and Christopher Chase-Dunn

“The Rise and Fall of Great Powers”

Chapter 2: William Thompson, Political Science, Indiana University,

" Eurasian C-Wave Crises In The First Millennium B.C."

Chapter 3: Sing Chew, Sociology, Humboldt State University,

"From Harappa to Mesopotamia and Egypt to Mycenae: Dark Ages, Hegemonial Shifts, and Environmental/Climatic Changes 2200BC-700BC."

Chapter 4: Mitchell Allen, Anthropology, Santa Clara University,

"Power Is In The Details: Administrative Technology and the Growth of Ancient Near Eastern Cores."

Chapter 9: Stephen Bunker, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison and

Paul Ciccantell, Sociology, Western Michigan University

 "Matter, Space and Technology in past and future hegemonies."

Global Social Change:

Comparative and Historical Perspectives


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Johns Hopkins University Press – Baltimore

The essays in Global Social Change explore globalization from a world-systems perspective, untangling its many contested meanings. This perspective offers insights into globalization's gradual and uneven growth throughout the course of human social evolution.
In this informative and exciting volume, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Salvatore J. Babones bring together accomplished senior sociologists and outstanding younger scholars with a mix of interests, expertise, and methodologies to offer an introduction to ways of studying and understanding global social change.
In both newly written essays and previously published articles from the Journal of World Systems Research, the contributors employ historical and comparative social science to examine the development of institutions of global governance, the rise and fall of hegemonic core states, transnational social movements, and global environmental challenges. They compare post–World War II globalization with the great wave of economic integration that occurred in the late nineteenth century, analyze the rise of the political ideology of the "globalization project"—Reaganism-Thatcherism—and discuss issues of gender and global inequalities.

Christopher Chase-Dunn is a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California–Riverside. Salvatore J. Babones is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Salvatore Babones

Chapter 2: Conducting Global Research, Salvatore Babones
Part 1: What is Globalization?
 Chapter 3: Thomas D. Hall and Christopher Chase-Dunn, “Global Social Change in the Long Run”

Chapter 4: Leslie Sklair, “Competing Conceptions of Globalization”
 Chapter 5:  Christopher Chase-Dunn, “Globalization: a world-systems perspective”

Part 2: Global Inequality
Chapter 6: Jonathan Turner and Salvatore BabonesGlobal Inequality: An Introduction”
Chapter 7: Bruce Podobnik
Global Energy Inequalities: Exploring the Long-Term Implications”

Part 3: Globalization and the Environment
Chapter 8: Alf Hornborg, Ecosystems and World Systems: Accumulation as an Ecological Process

Chapter 9: Andrew K. Jorgenson “Global social change, natural resource consumption and environmental degradation”

Part 4: Globalization, Hegemony and Global Governance
Chapter 10: Giovanni Arrighi, " Spatial and Other ‘Fixes’ of Historical Capitalism "
Chapter 11: Peter Gowan,  “Contemporary intra-core relations and world-systems theory”

Part 5: Global Social Movements

Chapter 12: Valentine M. Moghadam, “Gender and Globalization: Female Labor and Women’s Mobilization”

Chapter 13: Frederick H.Buttel and Kenneth A. Gould, “Global Social Movements at the Crossroads”

Chapter 14: Jackie Smith and Dawn Weist, “National and global foundations of global civil society”

Part 6: Democracy and Democratization

Chapter 15: Terry Boswell and Christopher Chase-Dunn, “Transnational Social Movements and Democratic Socialist Parties in the Semiperiphery: on to global democracy”

Chapter 16: John Markoff, “Globalization and the future of Democracy”


Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis

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Introduction by Salvatore J. Babones & Christopher Chase-Dunn PART I: Origins 1. Before the Long 16th Century 1. Market Cooperation and the Evolution of the Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican World-System by Richard E. Blanton & Lane F. Fargher 2. Assessing the Debate between Abu-Lughod and Wallerstein over the Thirteenth-Century Origins of the Modern World-System by Elson E. Boles 3. Afroeurasian World-System: Genesis, Transformations, Characteristics by Leonid Grinin and Andrey Korotayev 4. Agricultural Origins and Early Development by E. N. Anderson 5. Qubilai and the Indian Ocean: A New Era? by Paul D. Buell 2. Historical Processes of Incorporation and Development 6. Incorporation into and Merger of World-Systems by Thomas D. Hall 7. The Great Transition Debate and World-Systems Analysis by Eric Mielants 8. The Social Foundations of Global Conflict and Cooperation: Globalization and Global Elite Integration, 19th to 21st Century by Thomas Ehrlich Reifer 9. The East Asian Path of Development by Alvin Y. So 10. Darfur: The Periphery of the Periphery by Younes Abouyoub PART II: Theory and Critiques 3. Theoretical Frontiers in World-Systems Analysis 11. Externality, Contact Periphery and Incorporation by Jon D.Carlson 12. Wallerstein’s World-System: Roots and Contributions by W. L. Goldfrank 13. The Structures of Knowledge: Conceptualizing the Socio-Cultural Arena of Historical Capitalism by Richard E. Lee 14. The Multiplicity of National Development in the World-System: A Critical Perspective by Nobuyuki Yamada 15. Crisis in the World-System: Theoretical and Policy Implications by John Barnshaw and Lynn Letukas 16. Core, Semiperiphery, Periphery: a Variable Geometry Presiding over Conceptualization by Nicole Bousquet 17. Terminal Crisis or a New Systemic Cycle of Accumulation? by Christopher Chase-Dunn 4. Explicit Modeling as a Research Strategy 18. Measuring Transition and Hierarchy of States within the World-Systems Paradigm by Raymond J. Dezzani 19. World-Systems as Dissipative Structures: A New Research Agenda by Peter E. Grimes 20. Narrating Stories about the World System of the First Global Age, 1400-1800 by J.B.Owens 21. World-Systems Theory and Formal and Simulation Modeling by Hiroko Inoue 22. Mathematical Models of the World-System Development by Andrey Korotayev and Sergey Malkov 5. Critical Contributions to World-Systems Analysis 23. World System History: Challenging Eurocentric Knowledge by Robert A. Denemark and Barry K. Gills 24. The Failure of the "Modern World System" and the New Paradigm of the "Critical Theory of Patriarchy" The "Civilization of Alchemists" as a "System of War" by Claudia von Werlhof 25. Authenticating 17th Century "Hegemonies": Dutch, Spanish, French, or None? by David Wilkinson 26. The Challenges of Globalization Theory to World-Systems Analysis by Leslie Sklair PART III: The Contemporary World-Economy 6. Markets and Exchange 27. Surplus Drain and Dark Value in the Modern World-System by Donald A. Clelland 28. The Silence of Finance and Its Critics: Portfolio Investors in the World-System by Aaron Z. Pitluck 29. Debt Crises in the Modern World-System by Christian Suter 30. Economic-Political Interaction in the Core/Periphery Hierarchy by Mikhail Balaev 31. The Other Side of the Global Formation: Structures of the World Lumpeneconomy by Zbigniew Galor 7. Networks and Chains 32. Global Cities, Global Commodity Chains And The Geography of Core-Ness in the Capitalist World-System by Christof Parnreiter 33. Trade, Unequal Exchange and Global Commodity Chains: World-System Structure and Economic Development by David A. Smith 34. Global Cities and World City Networks by David A. Smith and Michael Timberlake 35. How Individuals Shape Global Production by Frederick W. Lee 36. World Cities in Asia by Kyoung-Ho Shin 37. The Internet and the World-System(s) by Piotr Konieczny 8. Globalization and Distribution 38. Globalization: Theories of Convergence and Divergence in the World-System by Kelly F. Austin, Laura A. McKinney and Edward L. Kick 39. Social Stratification and Mobility: National and Global Dimensions by Timothy Patrick Moran 40. Income Inequality in the World: Looking Back and Ahead by Volker Bornschier 41. Billionaires and Global Inequality: Does An Increase in One Indicate an Increase in the Other? by Jenny Chesters 42. The Pervasiveness of ICT in Our Present Modern World-System by Melsome Nelson-Richards, with the assistance of Kandu E. Agbimson PART IV: Development and Underdevelopment 9. Indigeneity and Incorporation 43. Early Capitalist Inauguration and the Formation of a Colonial Shatter Zone by Robbie Ethridge 44. Indigenous Peoples, Globalization and Autonomy in World-Systems Analysis by James V. Fenelon 45. Peasants, Peasantries and (De)peasantization in the Capitalist World-System by Eric Vanhaute 46. Chiefdom World-Systems (with a Focus on Hawaii, 1390-1790) by Elena Ermolaeva 10. Models of Growth and Stagnation 47. Position and Mobility in the Contemporary World-Economy: A Structuralist Perspective by Salvatore J. Babones 48. O’Connorian Models of Peripheral Development: How Third World States Resist World- Systemic Pressures By Cloning the Policies of States in the Core by Samuel Cohn 49. Slums, Favelas, and Shantytowns: An Inquiry into the Global significance of the Urban Periphery, and the Re-articulation of World-systemic External Areas by Delario Lindsey 50. Urbanization and Poverty in the Global South by Shahadat Hossain 11. Food and Agriculture 51. Global Environmental Governance, Competition, and Sustainability in Global Agriculture by Brian J. Gareau and John Borrego 52. Hunger and the Political Economy of the World Food System by Stephen J. Scanlan 53. Incorporating Comparison by Sandra Curtis Comstock 54. Equalizing Exchange through Voluntary Certification?: The Case of Palm Oil by Kristen Shorette PART V: Sustainability 12. Natural Resources and Constraints 55. New Historical Materialism, Extractive Economies, and Socioeconomic and Environmental Change by Paul S. Ciccantell 56. World-System Structure, Natural Capital and Environmental Entropy by Edward L. Kick and Laura A. McKinney 57. What Is Old and What Is New?: Considering World-Systems in the 21st Century and Beyond by Thomas J. Burns 58. Glad Moon Rising: A World-Systems Perspective on the World in Space by Marilyn Dudley-Flores and Thomas Gangale 59. Extraction and the World-System by Paul K. Gellert 60. Geopolitical and Socio-ecological Constraints to the Reproduction of the Capitalist World-Economy by John L. Gulick 61. Energy Use and World-Systems Dynamics by Kirk S. Lawrence 13. The Environment 62. Single and Composite Sustainability Indicators in Comparative Sociology by Philipp Babcicky 63. Forests, Food and Freshwater: A Review of World-Systems Research and Environmental Impact by Rebecca Clausen and Stefano B. Longo 64. The Sociology of Ecologically Unequal Exchange in Comparative Perspective by Andrew K Jorgenson and James Rice 65. The Displacement of Hazardous Products, Production Processes and Wastes in the World-System by R Scott Frey 66. Interacting Landscapes: Toward a Truly Global Environmental History by Alf Hornborg 67. The Environmental Impacts of Foreign Direct Investment in Less-Developed Countries by Andrew K Jorgenson and Jessie Winitzky PART VI: Society 14. Individuals and Families 68. The Centrality of the Household to the Modern World-System by Wilma A. Dunaway 69. International Migration in the World-System by Matthew Sanderson 70. The World-System, Inequality and Violent Conflict: Shifting the Unit of Analysis by Kevin Doran 71. Child Marriage in India: An Overview by Golam S. Khan 72. The Migration of Reproductive Labor From the Periphery to the Core and Semiperiphery Under Neoliberal Globalization by Ligaya Lindio-Mcgovern 73. Impacts of Individualism on World-System Transformation by Roksolana Suchowerska 15. International and Transnational Interactions 74. Geography and War by Albert J. Bergesen 75. The Global Justice Movement and the Social Forum Process by Ellen Reese, Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, Edwin Elias, David W. Everson and James Love 76. Global Civil Society or Global Politics? by Jon Shefner 77. Language in the World-System by Gary Coyne 78. Anti-Systemic Movements Compared by Valentine M. Moghadam 79. Stabilization Operations and Structural Instability in the Contemporary World-System by Jeremy Simpson 80. Conclusion: World-Systems Analysis as a Knowledge Movement by Immanuel Wallerstein


Social Change:

Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present

Christopher Chase-Dunn and Bruce Lerro

Paradigm Publishers

From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, this book tells the story of human sociocultural evolution. It describes the conditions under which hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, agricultural states, and industrial capitalist societies formed, flourished, and declined. Drawing evidence from archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, historical documents, statistics, and survey research, the authors trace the growth of human societies and their complexity, and they probe the conflicts in hierarchies both within and among societies. They also explain the macro-micro links that connect cultural evolution and history with the development of the individual self, thinking processes, and perceptions.

Key features of the text

  • Designed for undergraduate and graduate social science classes on social change and globalization topics in sociology, world history, cultural geography, anthropology, and international studies.
  • Describes the evolution of the modern capitalist world-system since the fourteenth century BCE, with coverage of the rise and fall of system leaders: the Dutch in the seventeenth century, the British in the nineteenth century, and the United States in the twentieth century.
  • Provides a framework for analyzing patterns of social change.
  • Includes numerous tables, figures, and illustrations throughout the text.
  • Supplemented by framing part introductions, suggested readings at the end of each chapter, an end of text glossary, and a comprehensive bibliography.
  • Offers a web-based auxiliary chapter on Indigenous North American World-Systems and a companion website with excel data sets and additional web links for students.

Appendix to Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present, Chris Chase-Dunn and Bruce Lerro