The Political Economy and World-System Section (PEWS) is a unique section in the
American Sociological Association. It is the only section that directly addresses
issues under the heading of development studies, yet it seeks to consider such issues
in their world-historical context. The Section's emphasis is above all on the relationship
between local and global social, economic, and political processes, whether of historical
or contemporary significance.
The Center for Global, International and Regional Studies (CGIRS) has undertaken
as its guiding principle the coordinating and deepening of campus-wide collaboration
in areas of research, teaching, and public education related to furthering our understanding
of the complex issues that surround the new economic, social, and political structures
of our time. The framing of the Center's research agenda as one encompassing "global,
international and regional" studies is rooted in the growing recognition that human
activities, while anchored in specific regions and locales, are also linked to other
places and levels via complex political, economic, social, and cultural networks of
communication and action.
The Center for Spacially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) is founded on the principle
that analyzing social phenomena in space and time enhances our understanding of social
processes. Hence, CSISS cultivates an integrated approach to social science research
that recognizes the importance of location, space, spatiality, and place. The goal
of CSISS is to integrate spatial concepts into the theories and practices of the social
sciences by providing infrastructure to facilitate: (1) the integration of existing
spatial knowledge, making it more explicit, and (2) the generation of new special
knowledge and understanding.
The Fernand Braudel Center was founded in September 1976 at the University at Binghamton
to engage in the analysis of large-scale social change over long periods of historical
time. The Center operates on two assumptions. One is that there is no structure that
is not historical. In order to understand a structure one must not only know its genesis
and its context; one must also assume that its form and its substance are constantly
evolving. The second assumption is that no sequence of events in time is structureless,
that is, fortuitous. Every event occurs within existing structures, and is affected
by its constraints. Every event creates part of the context of future events. The
Center, therefore, does not separate the study of historical sequence and the study
of structural relationships.
Centered in the Geography Department at Loughborough University, this study group
and network focuses upon the external relations of world cities. Although the world/global
city literature is premised upon the existence of world-wide transactions, most of
the research effort has gone into studying the internal structures of individual cities
and comparative analyses of the same. Relations between cities have been neglected
by world cities researchers; the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group
and Network has been formed to aid in rectifying this situation.
The Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) organizes collaborative research
among social and physical scientists on long-term, large-scale social change and its
ecological, geographical, and epidemiological causes and effects. IROWS pursues comparative
research on the rise and fall of civilizations, long-term processes of globalization
and climate change. IROWS co-publishes (with the Center for Global, International
and Regional Studies at UC-Santa Cruz), the Journal of World-Systems Research, a scholarly,
refereed electronic journal.
In February 1998, movements from all continents met in Geneva and launched a worldwide
coordination of resistance against the global market, a new alliance of struggle and
mutual support called the Peoples´ Global Action against "Free" Trade and the World
Trade Organisation (PGA). This platform serves as a global instrument for communication
and coordination for those fighting against the negative consequence of the global
market, building up local alternatives. The first worldwide coordination of local
struggles was during the WTO ministerial conference in Geneva in May 1998.
This page gives a list of 107 cities ranked from most to least segregated as measured
by the Black Isolation Index, 1990: U.S. Cities with (1) a population of at least
100,000 in 1990 and (2) a black population of at least ten percent. The same internet
address, with segreg2.html or segreg3.html in place of segreg1.html will bring up
lists of the top ten most and least segregated cities with more detailed information.
World-Systems Electronic Conferencing Network (WSN) is an electronic conferencing
network and information source for scholars and researchers who are studying world-systems.
The purpose of WSN is to facilitate the sharing of information about research, data,
publications, announcements, meetings, syllabi, commentary, book reviews, scuttlebutt,
etc. WSN is part of CSF, Communications for a Sustainable Future, a collection of
progressive electronic networks and archives at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
WSN is linked with the World-Systems Archive and to the Journal of World-Systems Research,
a refereed electronic journal that publishes research and theoretical articles on
topics relevant to the analysis of world-systems.
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