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Unthinking Social Science The Limits of Nineteenth-Century Paradigms

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ISBN-10: 0745609112

ISBN-13: 9780745609119

Edition: 1991

Authors: Immanuel Wallerstein

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In this important work, Immanuel Wallerstein develops a highly original critique of the legacy of nineteenth century social science for social thought in the late twentieth century. He argues that the presumptions which provide the foundation of dominant research today need `unthinking' and should be radically revised or even discarded. Once considered liberating, these notions have become a barrier to clear understanding of the social world in current times.Applying these ideas to a variety of theoretical areas and historical problems, Wallerstein also offers a critical discussion of some of the key figures whose ideas have influenced the position he formulates - including Marx and…    
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 9/2/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Immanuel Wallerstein has been a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University since 2000, having taught previously at many distinguished universities. Among his many books, he is the author of the magisterial 4-volume work, The Modern World System. Volume IV is recently published.

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: Why Unthink?
The Social Sciences: From Genesis to Bifurcation
The French Revolution as a World-Historical Event
Crises: The World-Economy, the Movements, and the Ideologies
The Concept of Development
The Industrial Revolution: Cui Bono?
Economic Theories and Historical Disparities of Development
Societal Development, or Development of the World-System?
The Myrdal Legacy: Racism and Underdevelopment as Dilemmas
Development: Lodestar or Illusion?
Concepts of Time and Space
A Comment on Epistemology: What is Africa?
Does India Exist?
The Inventions of TimeSpace Realities: Towards an Understanding of our Historical Systems
Revisiting Marx
Marx and Underdevelopment
Marxisms as Utopias: Evolving Ideologies
Revisiting Braudel
Fernand Braudel, Historian, "homme de la conjoncture"
Capitalism: The Enemy of the Market?
Braudel on Capitalism, or Everything Upside Down
Beyond Annales?
World-Systems Analysis as Unthinking
Historical Systems as Complex Systems
Call for a Debate about the Paradigm
A Theory of Economic History in Place of Economic Theory?
World-Systems Analysis: The Second Phase