The Anthem Companion to Immanuel Wallerstein

The Anthem Companion to Immanuel Wallerstein

Edited by Patrick Hayden & Chamsy el-Ojeili

Anthem Companions to Sociology

The Anthem Companion to Immanuel Wallerstein explores many of the topics central to Wallerstein’s understanding of the modern world-system and offers a comprehensive guide to the full range of his work.

Hardback, 250 Pages


October 2023

£120.00, $195.00

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About This Book

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019) was one of the most influential yet controversial sociologists of the past half-century, known for both his central theoretical contribution of the “world-system” perspective and his wide-ranging empirical investigations into world capitalism, modernity, globalization, nationalism, development, Eurocentrism, anti-systemic movements and social change, among many other topics. Given Wallerstein’s recent passing – as well as his abiding call to “unthink” or “open” the orthodox social sciences – the time is ripe to reflect upon the depth and breadth of his legacy, and to examine the enduring relevance and acuity of his life and writings. The Anthem Companion to Immanuel Wallerstein offers an authoritative overview of Wallerstein’s contribution to political and historical sociology; critical and novel readings of central themes in Wallerstein’s work; and up-to-date assessments of debates regarding Wallerstein’s impact on the social sciences and humanities.

In the Companion, an international assembly of leading interpreters explore a wide range of Wallerstein’s work from a variety of sociological angles and situate his scholarly contributions in relation to contemporary world challenges. The contributions in this book place Wallerstein’s prolific output at the center of their analyses in order to elucidate both world-systems analysis as a theoretical and methodological approach, and the world-system itself as a complex sociological phenomenon. The chapters first explore the context and genesis of Wallerstein’s intellectual development, the central sociological, historical and political concepts Wallerstein devised and deployed to make sense of the modern world-system, and the key contributions he made to sociological analysis, before then taking up the question of how Wallerstein’s work can be critically utilized in light of new global challenges such as decolonization, gender inequality, climate change, pandemic capitalism, and the changing character of geopolitics in the 21st century world-system.

Overall, The Anthem Companion to Immanuel Wallerstein provides the most convenient and accessible guide to Wallerstein currently available for students, teachers, and researchers across the social sciences and humanities.


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Author Information

Chamsy el-Ojeili is Associate Professor of Sociology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is author of The Utopian Constellation (2019) and (with Patrick Hayden) Critical Theories of Globalization (2006). 

Patrick Hayden is Professor Emeritus of Political Theory and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. His books include Political Evil in a Global Age: Hannah Arendt and International Theory (2009) and Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought: Between Despair and Hope (2016).


Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Fin de Sociologie? Wallerstein as Sociologist (Chamsy el-Ojeili, Victoria University of Wellington, and Patrick Hayden, University of St Andrews); 2. From Africa to the World: The Sources of Wallerstein’s The Modern World-System (Gregory P. Williams, University of Northern Colorado); 3. Immanuel Wallerstein and the Structures of Knowledge in World-Systems Analysis: The Geoculture of the Modern World (Richard E. Lee, Binghamton University);4. Wallerstein on Global Inequality and Economic Stratification: Reconfiguring Modern Development (Marilyn Grell-Brisk, University of California, Riverside); 5.Wallerstein as International Political Sociologist: On the Genesis of the Interstate System and the Structure of Power and Hegemony (Patrick Hayden, University of St Andrews, and Chamsy el-Ojeili, Victoria University of Wellington); 6. Wallerstein on European Universalism and Race: An Encounter with Decoloniality (Manuela Boatcă, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg); 7. The Past and Future of Anti-Systemic Movements: Wallerstein, Utopistics, and Social Change (Janet Conway, Brock University); 8.Reckoning with Gender in the World-System: Insights from and Challenges to Wallerstein (Shelly Feldman, Cornell University); 9. The Global Environment and Climate Change in the Modern World-System (Jennifer E. Givens, Utah State University); 10. Pervasive Pandemics: Understanding Global Health and Disease from a World-Systems Perspective (Kelly F. Austin, Lehigh University); 11.World Revolutions and the Next Three Decades (Christopher Chase-Dunn, University of California-Riverside).


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