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2015-04-27

週四社會學演講-What Is World-Systems Analysis?

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演題:What Is World-Systems Analysis?
講者:Professor Salvatore Babones
時間:2015/4/30(四),12:30-14:00pm
地點:社會社工系館401室會議室
主持人:柯志哲主任


演講摘要:
World-systems analysis is a well-established but poorly-defined critical research tradition in the social sciences. Its undisputed progenitor, Immanuel Wallerstein, steadfastly maintains that world-systems analysis is not a theory, yet it is widely referred to as such by commentators, critics, and practitioners alike. The resolution to this conundrum is to identify the defining elements of world-systems analysis as a perspective for understanding human society, then to evaluate propositions based on these defining elements as theories that have been conceptualized from a world-systems perspective. In this paper five defining elements of world-systems analysis are identified that together support a central theorem that the core-periphery hierarchy of the modern world-system can best be understood in terms of state strength and cultural integration. A further conjecture is made that the successor world-system to the current capitalist world-economy is more likely to be an American world-empire than the socialist world-government craved by many world-systems analysts.


世界體系分析從1970年代起就是新馬克思主義的主要論述之一,然而歷經了多年的試煉與修正,如今的世界體系分析呈現何種風貌?讓世界體系分析專家Professor Salvatore Babones 來為您細說分明。


講者簡介:
Salvatore Babones is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, former chair of the Political Economy of the World-System section of the American Sociological Association and co-editor of The Handbook of World-Systems Analysis (Routledge, 2012). His research focuses on the macro-level structure of the global economy. His most recent book is Methods for Quantitative Macro-Comparative Research (SAGE, 2014).