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

  • 2017 PEWS Conference -- "Migration in the World-system"

    On April 28-29, 2017, Texas A&M University will host the 41th Conference of the American Sociological Associationís Section on Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS), which will focus on the theme of "Migration in the World-system". Organizers invite submissions on this theme under the following sub-themes:

    1. Gender, race, ethnicity and migration
    2. Political conflict and migration
    3. Migration in history from 1492 (and before)
    4. Impact of migration on localities such as Texas

    Please see the call for papers. Paper proposals (around 300-500 words) should be sent by October 15, 2016 to Denis OíHearn at PEWS17@tamu.edu.


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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