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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 397N • World Systems

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34810 MW
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 305

Course Description

This course proposes to investigate how certain modes of economic literacy inform the possibilities of cultural analysis. We will track a genealogy of what came to be called world systems theory from its earlier incarnation in underdevelopment theory, paying particular attention to the place of an entity called Africa, and broach neoliberalism as a superceding periodizing term. Some prior familiarity with Marx and Marxism will be useful but not essential.


Possible texts include Wallerstein: Africa, the Politics of Independence: an Interpretation of Modern African History ------------- Social Change: The Colonial Situation Sassen, Saskia: Deciphering the Global: its scales, spaces and subjects Frank: Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil Jameson: The Political Unconscious Rodney: How Europe underdeveloped Africa Arrighi: The Political Economy of Rhodesia ______: The Long Twentieth century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times Baucom: Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery and the Philosophy of History Farmer: Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor


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