World-Systems Analysis

World-systems analysis, previously known as world-system theory, is a broad approach to the interactions and interrelations among various societies. It was first developed by sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein in an attempt to explain why some countries developed and others either did not or did so much more slowly. Wallerstein drew heavily from the work of the Annales school in France, especially the work of Fernand Braudel. In the intervening three and a half decades, many scholars from all the social sciences have contributed to and critiqued this perspective. This entry begins with a few cautions then turns to a discussion of key terms. Then, it briefly outlines later elaborations. Throughout, there is an emphasis on how world-systems analysis relates to consumer culture.

Some initial caveats are ...

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