Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture

Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture

By: David Palumbo-Liu (editor), Bruce Robbins (editor), Nirvana Tanoukhi (editor)Paperback

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In this collection of essays, leading cultural theorists consider the meaning and implications of world-scale humanist scholarship by engaging with Immanuel Wallerstein's world-systems analysis. The renowned sociologist developed his influential critical framework to explain the historical and continuing exploitation of the rest of the world by the West. World-systems analysis reflects Wallerstein's conviction that understanding global inequality requires thinking on a global scale. Humanists have often criticized his theory as insufficiently attentive to values and objects of knowledge such as culture, agency, difference, subjectivity, and the local. The editors of this collection do not deny the validity of those criticisms; instead, they offer Wallerstein's world-systems analysis as a well-developed vision of the world scale for humanists to think with and against. Scholars of comparative literature, gender, geography, history, law, race, and sociology consider what thinking on the world scale might mean for particular disciplinary practices, knowledge formations, and objects of study. Several essays offer broader reflections on what is at stake for the study of culture in decisions to adopt or reject world-scale thinking. In a brief essay, Immanuel Wallerstein situates world-systems analysis vis-a-vis the humanities.Contributors. Gopal Balakrishnan, Tani E. Barlow, Neil Brenner, Richard E. Lee, Franco Moretti, David Palumbo-Liu, Bruce Robbins, Helen Stacy, Nirvana Tanoukhi, Immanuel Wallerstein, Karen Wigen

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David Palumbo-Liu is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Bruce Robbins is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Nirvana Tanoukhi received her doctorate in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. She has held fellowships at the Humanities Center and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, both at Harvard University.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction: The Most Important Thing Happening 1 Part 1. System and Responsibility The Modern World-System: Its Structures, Its Geoculture, Its Crisis and Transformation / Richard Lee 27 Blaming the System / Bruce Robbins 41 Part 2. Literature: Restructured, Re-historicized, Re-scaled World-Systems Analysis, Evolutionary Theory, Weltliteratur / Franco Moretti 67 The Scale of World Literature / Nivrana Tanoukhi 78 Part 3. Respatializing, Remapping, Recognizing The Space of the World: Beyond State-Centricism? / Neil Brenner 101 Cartographies of Connection: Ocean Maps as Metaphors for Inter-Area History / Karen Wigen 138 What Is a Poem?: The Event of Women and the Modern Girl as Problems in Global or World History / Tani E. Barlow 155 Part 4. Ethics, Otherness, System Legal System of International Rights / Helen Stacy 187 Rationality and World-Systems Analysis: Fanon and the Impact of the Ethico-Historical / David Palumbo-Liu 202 Thinking about the Humanities / Immanuel Wallerstein 223 The Twilight of Capital? / Gopal Balakrishnan 227 Bibliography 233 Contributors 249 Index 251

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  • ISBN13: 9780822348481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780822348481
  • ISBN10: 0822348489

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