Lecture+17-1 - Lecture 17 World Systems and Structures of...

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Lecture 17: World Systems and Structures of Inequality [introductory comment: origins of the world system ; causes and consequences of industrialism ; “space/time compression”; accelerating global economy; Marx ’s theory of class conflict and inequality; Weber ’s revisions and alternatives to the Marxian account] Open and closed systems of social stratification : caste (closed) and class (open). Read related passages in the Book of Kottak! [Example: When Andrew met Sally] The example of “when Andrew met Sally” shows how important mobility is in our society: Andrew and Sally met because they had moved far from their points of origin, and they have continued to move away from those points. Mass, industrialized, state-run, market-driven, money-ridden societies produce mobile people who can participate in mobile work forces and economies. Preindustrial states, which tended not to have strong market and money economies, had less mobility, social and otherwise. Caste systems were a common way of organizing the populations of these societies, keeping populations in place, managing their economic
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course ANTHRCUL 101 taught by Professor Kirsch during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Lecture+17-1 - Lecture 17 World Systems and Structures of...

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