Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Social Evolution and the Future of World Society

Christopher Chase-Dunn

Cycles and Trends In The Historical Evolution of World Orders

This article is about the idea of world society and the possible futures of the world-system in long-term evolutionary perspective. Th ough I share a social constructionist and institutional approach similar to that of the Zurich and the world polity schools, my structural approach to world capitalism and the notion of world society emphasizes the importance of markets, money and geopolitics in the modern system, while seeking to take account of the ideological projects of both the contenders for predominance and those who have resisted domination and exploitation...¹

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