What is missing in the mounting literature on globalization is a
focused theoretical foundation with parallel empirical examinations
of global structures and their environmental consequences. The
articles in this volume examine how the world-economy and related
non-economic forms of global structuring impact the natural
environment and the living conditions of human populations living
across the globe. Environmental dynamics in areas as diverse as
Ancient Egypt and the Modern Amazon are presented for readers who
are new to the world-systems approach and for others interested in
recent efforts to link environmental outcomes and antecedents to
About the AuthorAndrew K. Jorgenson is Assistant Professor in the
Department of Sociology at the University of Utah. His research on
the environmental and human well being impacts of world economic
and world society integration appear in numerous journals including
Social Forces, Social Problems, and International Sociology. He is
current co-editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research.
Edward L. Kick is Professor and Chair of the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. He
has published articles on world-system structures and change in the
modern era, as well as various papers that link world-system
structure to national attributes such as economic development and
the structure of organizations.
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