Wallersteins world systems analysis

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Wallersteins world systems analysis

  1. 1. WALLERSTEIN’S WORLD-SYSTEMS ANALYSISSeo Yeon Choi & Shelly (So Hee) Kim
  2. 2. WALLERSTEINS WORLD-SYSTEMS The world-systems theory stresses tha t world-systems should be the basic unit of social analysis refers to the international division of labor  core countries  semi-periphery countries  periphery countries model makes an attempt to explain one large world economy 3 major groupings  Core  peripheral,  Semi=peripheral
  3. 3. EVALUATION- Applying the model to the real world is important: determines the quality of the model
  4. 4. WEAKNESS Constantly changing state of the world economy Fewer and fewer countries fall into this category as time goes on and globalization expands Wallerstein’s “external” economy label can be no longer applied  E.g. China  Before: closed economy with Mao Zedong’s social and economic reforms  Now: open economy with international trade under the new open door policy
  5. 5. WEAKNESSES Negative Example  Colonial America Exhibit characteristics from the “periphery” and “core” categories  Semi-periphery economy Lack of a strong Central Government  E.g. communities – vital role in enforcing law; laborers get tortures while gentlemen gen to be released on fine
  6. 6. STRENGTHS Acts as a guide to describe changes that led to shape the world into what it is today. Focuses on Western Europe between 1450 and 1670  Period of significant development
  7. 7. STRENGTHS Globalization theorists can also show how dependency is not a one way process  Interdependency Wallerstein was one of the first to recognize “globalization” of the world + international division of labor as basis of global inequality
  8. 8. STRENGTHS Wallerstein’s model= dynamic  Allows for movement and change “semi=peripheral”  Core  Peripheral Allows for systems that are neither this nor that Enough to encompass regions all over the world during this time period
  9. 9. CONCLUSION

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