lecture29.0328 - How About the World System? Globalization...

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1 How About the World System? 1. How local is local? 2. Economic rationales 3. A logic – a worldview 4. The example of the slave trade Lecture 31, 03/28/11 1 Globalization & the world system 1. one way to look at things is in terms of dominant systems (core) and periphery --> colonial relations, extraction, hierarchy Two extremes: a) core: dominant, power combined with economic wealth; monopolizes b) periphery: exports raw materials, agricultural commodities, labor Intermediate: semi-periphery: between the two – has periphery like relations with core nations but also has core-like relations with the extreme periphery 2 Lecture 31, 03/28/11 3 2. another way is to look in terms of the logic of a world system --> impact not just one way --> something more than technology is transferred --> the spread of a logic ; the spread of a particular story 3. The totality of the system today and the expansion of a particular logic of capital a) Radical individualism b) Expansion of a single scale for every aspect of social life Lecture 31, 03/28/11 4 Contact and change has been happening for a long time World System 1. No people left unimpacted 2. No “pristine” primitive unaffected by colonial relations 3. Increasing importance of state systems 4. The search for wealth (“We say money is the whitefella Dreaming,” as Clancy said in Jackson’s book.) The pursuit of wealth
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