World Societies The Evolution of Human Social Life

ISBN-10: 0205359485

ISBN-13: 9780205359486

Edition: 2005

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List price: $112.40
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

10,000 Years of Social Evolution
The Ancestral Environment
The Neolithic Revolution
The Rise of Civilization and the State
The Rise of Modern Capitalism and Industrialism
For Further Reading
Theories of Social Evolution and Development
Classical Evolutionism
Marxian Evolutionism
Twentieth-Century Evolutionism: First Generation
V. Gordon Childe
Leslie White
Julian Steward
Twentieth-Century Evolutionism: Second Generation
Talcott Parsons's Idealist Evolutionism
Gerhard Lenski's Technological Evolutionism
Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism
Twentieth-Century Evolutionism: Third Generation
For Further Reading
Preindustrial Societies: Hunter-Gatherers and Horticulturalists
Hunter-Gatherer Societies
Subsistence Technology
The Original Affluent Society?
Economic Life
Social Inequalities and Political Life
Simple Horticultural Societies
Subsistence Technology
Economic Life
Social Inequalities and Politics
Intensive Horticultural Societies
Subsistence Technology
Economic Life and Stratification
For Further Reading
Preindustrial Societies: Agrarian and Pastoral Societies
Agrarian Societies
Subsistence Technology
Economic Life
Pastoral Societies
Subsistence Technology
Political Economy
Causes of the Evolution of Preindustrial Societies
The Evolution of Subsistence Technology
The Evolution of Political Economy
For Further Reading
The Rise of the Modern World
The Emergence of Economic Markets
Societies in Relation to the Market
Aspects of the Market in Preindustrial Societies
Some Qualifications: Precapitalist Commercialism and Its Growth
The Origins of Modern Capitalism
European Feudalism
Commercial Expansion and the Decline of Feudalism
The Nature of Capitalism
Early Capitalism between the Thirteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
The Seventeenth Century and Mercantilism
Capitalism as a World-System
The Capitalist World-Economy from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries
The Development of Capitalism in Japan
Explaining the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism
The Political Sphere: The Formation of National States
For Further Reading
Industrialization and the Expansion of the World-System
The Industrial Revolution and the Emergence of Industrial Capitalism
The Industrial Revolution and Its Causes
The Industrial Revolution in World-System Perspective
Industrial Capitalism Since the Late Nineteenth Century
The Japanese Transition to Industrial Capitalism
Hegemonic Rise and Fall in the World-System
For Further Reading
Industrial Capitalist Societies
Stratification in Industrial Capitalist Societies
Income Inequalities
Wealth Inequalities
The Class Structure of Industrial Capitalist Societies
Social Mobility within Modern Capitalism
The Origins of Parliamentary Democracy
Capitalism and the Welfare State
The Rise and Expansion of Mass Education
The Demographic Transition
The Rise of a Postindustrial Society?
For Further Reading
The Rise and Demise of State Socialism
The Origin and Nature of State Socialism
State Socialism and the Capitalist World-Economy
Reform within State Socialism and the Transition to Postsocialism
Stratification within State Socialism
The Modern Communist State: Leninist Regimes
The Collapse of Communism
Postsocialism: Achievements, Failures, Prospects
The Economy
The Future of Socialism
For Further Reading
Economic Development and Underdevelopment
The Nature of Underdevelopment
Why Underdevelopment?
Modernization Theory
Dependency Theory
World-System Theory
Explaining Underdevelopment: Some Conclusions
Development in East Asia
The Biggest Success Stories: The East Asian Tigers
The Rise of China
Development in Latin America
Sub-Saharan Africa: A Failure of Development
World-System Position and the Form of the State
For Further Reading
The Nature of Globalization
Economic Globalization
Political Globalization
Sociocultural Globalization
What Drives the Globalization Process?
Globalization and Its Critics
Globalization and the Environment
Is Globalization Something New?
For Further Reading
Retrospect and Prospect: The Past 10,000 Years and the Next 100
The Past 10,000 Years: Human Progress?
The Standard of Living
The Quantity and Quality of Work
Democracy and Freedom
The Concept of Progress Revisited
How to Judge a Society
Future Trends: The Very Large Scale
Future Trends: The Merely Large Scale
Conclusions: The Future from the Perspective of a General Theory of History
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