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The Modern/Colonial/Capitalist World-System in the Twentieth Century

The Modern/Colonial/Capitalist World-System in the Twentieth Century


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An important building block for further advancing world-system theory, this book considers the theory from the perspectives of global processes and antisystemic movements, feminist theory, and the aftermath of the colonial system. The volume addresses three myths tied to Eurocentric forms of thinking: objectivist and universalist knowledges, the decolonization of the modern world, and developmentalism. All three myths, the authors argue, conceal the continued hierarchical and unequal relations of domination and exploitation between European and Euro-American centers and non-European peripheral regions. In this volume, world-system scholars address these and related aspects of the modern/colonial capitalist world-system.

Addressing the myth of universalist knowledge, the volume reminds us that our knowledge is situated in the gender, class, racial, and sexual hierarchies of a specific region in the world-system, while the coloniality of power additionally situates our knowledge. The volume further argues that the postcolonial era retains the hierarchy of colonialism, and the possibility of national development without global structural changes is one of the greatest 20th-century myths. Taking these perspectives into consideration, the contributors examine and help to refine classic world-system theory.


About the Author:

RAMÓN GROSFOGUEL is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College.

ANA MARGARITA CERVANTES-RODRÍGUEZ is Research Affiliate for the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department, at SUNY-Albany.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275971977
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Height: 246 mm
  • No of Pages: 352
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 532 gr
  • ISBN-10: 027597197X
  • Publisher Date: 30 Jul 2002
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 26 mm
  • Width: 157 mm


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