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Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein is among top American sociologists. Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein is a historical social scientist, and world-systems analyst. Immanuel Wallerstein developed the general approach in sociology which led to the emergence of his World-Systems Theory. Immanuel Wallerstein was a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University from 2000 until his death in 2019. Immanuel Wallerstein's thesis on McCarthyism as a phenomenon of American political culture, has been widely cited. Immanuel Wallerstein's criticism of global capitalism and championship of "anti-systemic movements" have put him in the company of Noam Chomsky and Pierre Bourdieu. Wallerstein has argued that the 'world revolution' of 1968 marked the end of "liberalism" as a reaonable ideology in the modern world system. Immanuel Wallerstein's prime area of intellectual concern was not American politics, but politics of the non-European world, most especially in India and Africa.

Immanuel Wallerstein was awarded multiple honorary titles, also served as Directeur d'études associé at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and also served as president of the International Sociological Association between 1994 and 1998. Wallerstein took the underlying emphasis on economic factors and their dominance over ideological factors in global politics from Karl Marx. He took ideas such as the dichotomy between capital and labor, while criticizing the traditional Marxian view of world economic development through stages such as feudalism and capitalism, and he also criticized its account of the process of capital accumulation, and of dialectics. From dependency theory, he took the key concepts of core and periphery.

In 2003, Immanuel Wallerstein received the "Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award" from the American Sociological Association, and in 2004 the International N. D. Kondratieff Foundation and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences awarded Immanuel Wallerstein the Gold Kondratieff Medal. During his career Immanuel Wallerstein held visiting-professor posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, British Columbia, and Amsterdam, among numerous others. Immanuel Wallerstein was awarded multiple honorary titles, intermittently served as Directeur d'études associé at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and served as president of the International Sociological Association between 1994 and 1998.

In 1976 Wallerstein was offered the unique opportunity to pursue a new avenue of research, and so became head of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilization at Binghamton University in New York, which has a mission "to engage in the analysis of large-scale social change over long periods of historical time."