Spaces, Trajectories, Maps: Towards a World-Systems Biography of Immanuel Wallerstein

  • Georgi Derluguian New York University-Abu Dhabi


World-systems analysis, although itself a macrohistorical perspective, eminently allows for writing individual biographies because these are structurally conditioned and historically contingent trajectories developing in specific time and space. The biographical genre seems particularly useful in intellectual popularization and in exploring how macro-level concepts behave in observed empirical situations. This article offers and demonstrates specific recommendations and methodological warnings in application to the personal trajectory of Immanuel Wallerstein, the founder of world-systems analysis as an intellectual movement.


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How to Cite
Derluguian, G. (2015). Spaces, Trajectories, Maps: Towards a World-Systems Biography of Immanuel Wallerstein. Journal of World-Systems Research, 21(2), 448-459.
Special Issue: World-Systems Biographies