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This publication brings jointly essentially the most influential new study from the world-systems point of view. The authors survey and learn new and rising subject matters from a variety of disciplinary views, from political technological know-how to archaeology. each one analytical essay is written in available language in order that the amount serves as a lucid advent either to the culture of world-systems suggestion and the recent debates which are sparking additional study this present day.

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Two new contributions to it appear in Part IV (Dunaway and Ward, Stander, and Solomon). Part III, “World-Systems Overviews,” begins with Leslie Laczko’s analysis of the role of Canada in the modern world-system. He provides a useful summary of the distribution of the types of social organizations in the world and how they have changed, as background to explaining how and why Canada is unusual. In short, it is one of the modern core states with the highest level of ethnic pluralism and is an immediate neighbor of the United States.

Part III presents summaries and overviews of world-systems analysis from a variety of angles. Part IV presents several “case studies” or specific areas of research. Part V presents two visions of the future of the world-system and of world-systems analysis. For readers who prefer starting with concrete examples then building to theoretical analyses, Part IV is the place to begin. For those whose interest is to “reconnoiter the lay of the land” in world-systems analysis, Part III is the place to start.

In the buzzwords of logic, it is a necessary but far from sufficient set of tools in the rather large armamentarium of social scientists. All this explains why this collection was assembled but does not explain how. It began as the result of a suggestion from Joane Nagel who had just begun her term as coeditor of Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society. To do something new with the journal, she invited several scholars to edit special sections of each issue on various areas of sociological research.

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