By Nick P. Kardulias, Rani T. Alexander, Gary M. Feinman, Andre Gunder Frank, Thomas D. Hall, Robert J. Jeske, P Nick Kardulias, Lawrence A. Kuznar Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, Darrell LaLone, George Modelski, Ian Morris, Peter Peregri

Within the region century for the reason that Wallerstein first constructed international structures thought (WST), students in quite a few disciplines have followed the method of clarify intersocietal interplay on a grand scale. those essays convey to mild archaeological facts and research to teach that many ancient and prehistoric states lacked the mechanisms to dominate the far away (and from time to time, within sight) societies with which they interacted. Core/periphery exploitation has to be proven, now not easily assumed, because the interdisciplinary discussion which happens during this quantity demonstrates.

World-Systems concept in Practice will attract people with an curiosity within the program of WST in either the outdated global and the recent international. The papers during this quantity mirror the power of the controversy about the use of such generalizing theories and may be of curiosity to archeologists, anthropologists, historians, sociologists, and people keen on the research of civilizations.

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One of the valuable conclusions was that core/periphery relations should not be assumed, but rather the hypothesis of intersocietal hierarchy should be investigated in each case. The comparative study of world-systems allows us to study how intersocietal inequalities work in very different systems, and to explain the emergence of larger and more unequal intersocietal hierarchies over the long run. It has often been observed that peripheral regions do not simply submit to core domination. Rather core/periphery relations are a constant struggle in which the dominated and exploited fight back.

The articles herein explore the utility of world-systems concepts in several different settings and suggest conceptual modifications and research strategies that can make a more general and comparative world-systems approach more useful. The development of world-systems ideas in anthropology began in 1977 with the publication of Jonathan Friedman’s and Michael Rowlands’s “Notes Toward an Epigenetic Model of the Evolution of Civilization” (Friedman and Rowlands 1977). This seminal essay reconceptualized the works of Levi-Strauss and Leach on the dynamics of regional kinship systems, and focused on strategies of accumulation through hierarchical kinship relations that allowed elites to concentrate wealth and power.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Information Available Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data World-systems theory in practice: leadership, production, and exchange / edited by P. Nick Kardulias. p. cm. Papers presented at the 94th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, November, 1995.

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