Welcome to the ASA Political Economy of the World-System Section!

The PEWS is a unique section of the American Sociological Association. The core interests of those in the section are to explain the production and reproduction of asymmetric power relations and macro and micro-level inequalities in their world-historical context.
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Section News

  • 2014 PEWS Conference -- "Social Movements and Global Transformation"

    On April 10-12, 2014, the University of Pittsburgh will host the 38th Conference of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS), which will focus on the theme of “Social Movements and Global Transformation.” Organizers invite submissions on this theme under the following sub-themes: Roles of States and Movements in World-Systemic Transformation, Knowledge and Paradigms in Contestation, The Role of Peripheries in Contesting World-Systemic Hierarchies, and Collective Identities and Democratic Transformation.

    We encourage submissions from all relevant disciplines in the humanities, law, and social sciences. Please see the call for papers. The proposal deadline is January 21, 2014. Meals and lodging for authors of accepted papers will be provided.


Membership in the Political Economy of the World System Section is open to any member of the American Sociological Association. Section membership is $22 for regular members, $8 for student members, and $13 for low-income members, which includes support for the official section journal, the Journal of World-Systems Research.

Join Online: To join the ASA and/or the PEWS section online, go to the ASA Membership Information Website. On this webpage log in with your member number and last name (all lower case), then click on "Join a Section" and add the Political Economy of the World-System section (Section 17).

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