Puzzles in the Comparative Study of Frontiers: Problems, Some Solutions, and Methodological Implications

  • Thomas D. Hall Depauw University

Abstract

This paper examines ways in which world-system analysis can be employed fruitfully to explore frontier social processes. Conversely, it also examines how frontier social processes and events can be very valuable explorations of highly localized processes geographically and temporally of world-systems. The study of frontier regions can help to uncover the ways in which many world-systemic contexts shape local human agency. Conversely, the study of these highly localized human practices offers ways to gain insights to how individual actions constantly reconstruct world-systems. Finally, many of the lessons learned here with respect to frontiers, especially in regard to ethnic and national identity formation and transformation can be extended to other social concerns.
Published
2009-02-26
How to Cite
Hall, T. D. (2009). Puzzles in the Comparative Study of Frontiers: Problems, Some Solutions, and Methodological Implications. Journal of World-Systems Research, 15(1), 25-47. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2009.332
Section
Methodological Issues in Macro Comparative Research

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