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

  • 2016 PEWS Conference -- "Global Commodity Chains, Social Inequalities and Social Movements: The Past and Present of World-Systems Research"

    On April 8-9, 2016, the University of Maryland, College Park, will host the 40th Conference of the American Sociological Associationís Section on Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS), which will focus on the theme of "Global Commodity Chains, Social Inequalities and Social Movements: The Past and Present of World-Systems Research". The conference program can be viewed here.



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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).

Need help? If you are uncertain about your membership status in either the ASA or the PEWS Section or need any other assistance, contact ASA membership services: