notessept8 - What are the theoretical origins of world...

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What are the theoretical origins of world system theory? -Focuses on global system of capitalism in order to explain all kinds of phenomena. -Theory formulated by Wallerstein in 1970’s, interested in relationship between African nations and former colonizers. Recognized that shouldn’t just focus on what individual countries are doing and should look at countries in global context. -WST proponents all scholars share general approach that distinguishes from previous perspective: critique of notion that third world nations are at fault for their situations (direct critique of modernization theory which is that west is the best and to blame the victim, once western ideas are diffused catching up is inevitable) argue that the conditions in the third world (periphery) must be understood as resulting from a system of exploitation -By using Marx, WS view capitalism as engine of historical change in modern era and source of exploitation and inequalities that characterize modern era -periphery- capitalism, exploitation, class conflict
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2008 for the course SOCL 325 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Geneseo.

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