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- ix, 277 p. ; 24 cm.
- "Wallerstein divides his work between an appraisal of significant recent events and a study of the shifts in thought influenced by those events. The End of the World As We Know It concludes with a crucial analysis of the momentous intellectual challenges to social science as we know it and suggests possible responses to them."--BOOK JACKET.13. The Rise and Future Demise of World-Systems Analysis -- 14. Social Science and the Quest for a Just Society -- 15. The Heritage of Sociology, the Promise of Social Science.Contents: Uncertainty and Creativity: Premises and Conclusions -- 1. Social Science and the Communist Interlude, or Interpretations of Contemporary History -- 2. The ANC and South Africa: The Past and Future of Liberation Movements in the World-System -- 3. The Rise of East Asia, or The World-System in the Twenty-First Century -- Coda: The So-called Asian Crisis: Geopolitics in the Longue Duree -- 4. States? Sovereignty? The Dilemmas of Capitalists in an Age of Transition -- 5. Ecology and Capitalist Costs of Production: No Exit -- 6. Liberalism and Democracy: Freres Ennemis? -- 7. Integration to What? Marginalization from What? -- 8. Social Change? Change is Eternal, Nothing Ever Changes -- 9. Social Science and Contemporary Society: The Vanishing Guarantees of Rationality -- 10. Differentiation and Reconstruction in the Social Sciences -- 11. Eurocentrism and its Avatars: The Dilemmas of Social Science -- 12. The Structures of Knowledge, or How Many Ways May We Know?Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-268) and index.Includes index.