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Creating and Transforming Households

Creating and Transforming Households
The Constraints of the World-Economy


Part of Studies in Modern Capitalism

Joan Smith, Immanuel Wallerstein, Kathie Friedman Kasada, Kathleen Stanley, Randall H. McGuire, Cynthia Woodsong, Maria Del Carmen Baega, Lanny Thompson, Mark Beittel, William G. Martin, Jamie Sudler
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  • Date Published: August 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521427135

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  • This book, first published in 1992, seeks an explanation of the pattern of sharp discrepancy of wage levels across the world-economy for work of comparable productivity. It explores how far such differences can be explained by the different structures of households as 'income-pooling units', examining three key variables: location in the core or periphery of the world-economy; periods of expansion versus periods of contraction in the world-economy; and secular transformation over time. The authors argue that both the boundaries of households and their sources of income are molded by the changing patterns of the world-economy, but are also modes of defense against its pressures. Drawing empirical data from eight local regions in three different zones - the United States, Mexico and southern Africa - this book presents a systematic and original approach to the intimate link between the micro-structures of households and the structures of the capitalist world-economy at a global level.

    • Households are a trendy subject with a potential market in many academic disciplines (note women's studies market)
    • There are eight studies presenting a unified approach to households. Regions covered are USA, Mexico, and southern Africa. There will be particular interest from those working on these areas due to the empirical data presented
    • Immanuel Wallerstein is a star figure in political economy, sociology, and world-systems analysis. It is his approach (the world-economy) which is followed in this book
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521427135
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.452kg
    • contains: 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Joan Smith and Immanuel Wallerstein
    1. Household as an institution of the world-economy Immanuel Wallerstein and Joan Smith
    2. The United States Kathie Friedman Kasada
    (a) The Detroit Story: the crucible of Fordism Kathleen Stanley and Joan Smith
    (b) New York City: the underside of the world's capital Kathie Friedman Kasada
    (c) Binghamton: the secrets of a backwater Randall H. McGuire and Cynthia Woodsong
    (d) Puerto Rico: from colony to colony Maria Del Carmen Baega
    3. Mexico Lanny Thompson
    (a) Mexico City: the slow rise of wage-centered households Lanny Thompson
    (b) Central Mexico: the decline of subsistence and the rise of poverty Lanny Thompson
    4. Southern Africa Mark Beittel
    (a) The Witwatersrand: black households, white households Mark Beittel
    (b) Lesotho: the creation of the households William G. Martin
    5. Core-periphery and household structures Immanuel Wallerstein and Joan Smith
    Postscript on method Joan Smith and Jamie Sudler

  • Authors

    Joan Smith, University of Vermont

    Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, Connecticut

    With contributions by

    Maria del Carmen Baerga

    Mark Beittel

    Kathie Friedman Kasaba

    Randall H. McGuire

    William G. Martin

    Kathleen Stanley

    Lanny Thompson

    Cynthia Woodsong


    Joan Smith, Immanuel Wallerstein, Kathie Friedman Kasada, Kathleen Stanley, Randall H. McGuire, Cynthia Woodsong, Maria Del Carmen Baega, Lanny Thompson, Mark Beittel, William G. Martin, Jamie Sudler

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