Empire and World Systems

I have found the notion of contemporary empire to be usefully informed by World Systems Theory.
Several times in the past I have mentioned work by Tom Abel. See: http://www.tabel.tcu.edu.tw/

Here are a few relevant items:

World Systems Theory

I can’t imagine understanding the issues of development, justice, and equity as they relate to conservation outcomes without appreciating the modern world system. The notion of a world system, how such a system may work, and the implications of that system for the future survival of the human and natural world are pressing and relevant issues. If the fundamental dynamic of endless accumulation governs the world economy, and I think it does, then it seems obvious that
conservation biology ought to take such a truth as highly germane to conservation work.

Journal of World System Research http://jwsr.ucr.edu/index.php
The main editorial goal of the Journal of World-Systems Research is to develop and disseminate scholarly research on topics that are relevant to the analysis of world-systems. The journal publishes work from several different theoretical stances and disciplines. These include, but are not limited to, civilizationists, evolutionary approaches, international political economy, comparative, historical and cultural analysis. They seek the work of political scientists, historians, sociologists, ethnographers, archaeologists, economists and geographers

1.4 The Institute for Research on World-Systems
http://www.irows.ucr.edu/
The Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) organizes collaborative research among social and physical scientists on long-term, large-scale social change and its ecological, geographical and epidemiological causes and effects. Located at the University of California at Riverside, IROWS pursues comparative research on the rise and fall of civilizations, long-term
processes of globalization and climate change.

1.5 Suggested books:

a. Civilizations and World Systems: Studying World Historical Change
Stephen K. Sanderson, Editor. Altamira Press, 1995

b. The World System: Five Hundred or Five Thousand Years
Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills, Editors. Routledge, 1993

c. Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Thomas D. Hall. Westview Press, 1997

d. Global Formations: Structures of the World-Economy
[Updated Edition] Christopher Chase-Dunn. Addison-Wesley Longman (successor to HarperCollins), 1999.

e. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies, 4th ed.
Stephen K. Sanderson. Rowman & Littlefield, 1998

all the best,

Chuck Willer

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