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world-systems theory

Definition of World-systems Theory

(noun) Theory asserting that most nations are part of a worldwide interdependent economic and political system based on the unequal exchange in the division of labor and allocation of resources between core nationssemi-peripheral nations, and peripheral nations.

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Syllabification: world sys·tems the·o·ry

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /wɜrld-ˈsɪstəmz ˈθiəri/
  • British English – /wɜːld-ˈsɪstɪmz ˈθɪəri/

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References

Babones, Salvatore J. 2005. “The Country-level Income Structure of the World-economy.” Journal of World-Systems Research 11(1):29–55. doi:10.5195/jwsr.2005.392.

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Cite the Definition of World-system

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “world-systems theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/world-systems-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

world-systems theory. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/world-systems-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “world-systems theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 14, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/world-systems-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“world-systems theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/world-systems/>.