Prof. Dr. Immanuel Wallerstein: Interview on Cultural Globalization
On June, 25th 1999 Prof. Immanuel Wallerstein was interviewed by Dr. Anand Kumar, Dr. Frank Welz, and Mrs. Gabriele Tysarzik at the Maison de Sciences de lHomme in Paris. This interview was prepared by Gabriele Tysarzik (skript), Bernd Remmele (HTML design) and Markus Jenki (digital editing) for this web-presentation. On the current page you find some basic biographical data on Immanuel Wallerstein and a guide on how to access the interview in different ways (including technical requirements). For more information about Wallerstein and his world-system theory, including comprehensive reading lists as well as online-texts, please visit the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations. For an annotated reading list have look to our database. For a short list of literature on Wallerstein and world-system theory, including some critical approaches, have a look at our reading list. To give a more convenient access, the whole presentation can be ordered as a CD-ROM.
Wallerstein was born in New York 1930. He studied at Columbia University, where he made his PhD. Like his dissertation: 'The Road to Independence: Ghana and the Ivory Coast' (Paris & La Haye l964) and books like: 'Africa, The Politics of Independence' (New York l96l) or 'Africa: The Politics of Unity' (New York l967) show his first scholarly interests lay in the continent of Africa and its struggle for independence.1968 as a an associate professor he played a active role in the students movement at Columbia University. His experiences and reflections about this time can be found in: 'University in Turmoil: The Politics of Change' (New York l969). After that he went to Stanford - Center for the Advanced Study in the Behaviorial Sciences - and to McGill University, Montreal. The first volume of 'The Modern World-System' - Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century - with which started his enduring occupation with world-system analysis, was published l974; 1976 he went to Binghampton University, State University of New York, and became director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations. For the biographical part of the interview go to Intellectual Biography
How to use
The interview is provided as written text (complete) and as video (most of), furtheron there are some background informations . Additionally the interview is available as an simple video recording (1h 30min). The sequential order of the interview has been broken up to create groups of thematically related parts of the interview. An overview on each group can be accessed via the navigation frame, clicking on the underlined buttons. Only parts which are available as video have been included in this grouping. For these parts there is also some background information - including a short summary of this part. They can be accessed via the navigation frame, clicking on the subcategories. To get an impression of the interview and the way it is presented here it is recommended to start with the thematically grouped overview pages, accessible via the (red) underlined buttons in the navigation frame. Therefore the interview can be accessed in the following ways: