WORLD_SYSTEM_THEORY

WORLD_SYSTEM_THEORY - than in the peripheral economies...

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Florida State University Sociology Department SYG2010-04 Social Problems Dr. Gloria T. Lessan Spring 2006 WORLD SYSTEM THEORY The poverty or prosperity of a country is the product of a global economic system that began 500 years ago The economy of the world system is capitalist (i.e. based on private property and with the goal of capital accumulation) The system is culturally diverse Nation states are located along the core, semi-periphery and periphery of the system according to their level of
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social, economic, and political development vis-à-vis each other The rate of exchange among elements is unequal, benefiting the core at the expense of the periphery Core : wealthy nations, concentration of private capital, Periphery : poor nations, suppliers of labor and resources Semi-periphery : more unequal private capital accumulation than in core nations yet, labor is less exploited
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Unformatted text preview: than in the peripheral economies Social problems arise from this unequal exchange and will be solved via the transformation of the whole system rather than by changes within individual nations Strengths & Problems Acknowledges interdependence across nations Avoids assumptions of neutrality (common good) in the relationships among nations Since inequality within and between nations is a permanent feature of the system, the theory neglects analysis of orderly and cooperative relationships among nations Solutions to social problems require empowerment of the underclass throughout the system Cannot answer the contradiction between the effectiveness of solutions to social problems brought about by the elites and the uncertainty of the long-term solutions generated through grass-roots movements...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course SYG 2010 taught by Professor Schwabe during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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