born 1930, Immanuel Wallerstein has since 1976 been Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Binghamton. He is the founder and director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations in Binghamton. Has published countless books and articles. Wallerstein's so called "World-Systems Theory" is a poltico-economic and comparative macro-theory of social development, in particular capitalism.
A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein
At some point, there is a tilt; there always is. Then we shall settle down into our new historical system. Wallerstein foresees one of two possibilities: more hierarchy, exploitation and polarization; or a system that has never yet existed, based on relative democracy and relative equality. [more]
1968 as world revolution, marking the shift from repressive developmentalism to regressive ultra-liberalism and the beginning of the end for the twentieth-century superpowers: Immanuel Wallerstein on the logic of global history from the Yalta Conference to the second Iraq war. [more]
On Sept. 28, 2000, Denmark voted not to join the euro, an example of a persistent Euroscepticism. Denmark has been strongly marked by it, but it exists to some extent in most European countries. What lies behind this reluctance to move forward with Europe among a large minority of Europeans? [more]
Social Science, Jörg Haider and Widerstand
Racism is an inescapable part of our history, of our present and of ourselves. Only when we realise this can we also understand the role of racism in the world-system, and only then are we able to interpret the successes of the populists and the extreme right – as well as the resistance that these successes have triggered. [more]