Outlines of a Global Power-Field (GPF) Theory (Part 1)
Mapping the Dynamics of the Modern World-System and its Penetration in the Middle East c. 1850-1950
Keywords:Modern world-systerm, global power-field, mode of governmentality, division of sovereignty, peripheralization, Ottoman Empire
This essay takes modern world-system theory and maps it into a political-economic field of power. This re-modeling of the theory better illustrates the diffuseness and the spatiality of the operations of global forces; thus, helping us have a greater appreciation of the durability and scope of Western economic and political hegemony across the world. Our exposition also tracks the structural transformation undergone by the Global Power-Field (GPF) throughout its history showing the evolving character of its dominance. Moreover, this field paradigm does not restrict its considerations to matters of political economy but also centralizes factors of politics and international relations that play a fundamental a role in driving historical dynamics. The workings of this emerging model are then illustrated by a historical case study from the Middle East: The nineteenth and early twentieth century Ottoman Empire.
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