Creating and Transforming Households: The Constraints of the World-EconomyImmanuel Wallerstein

Creating and Transforming Households: The Constraints of the World-Economy (Studies in Modern Capitalism)

Co-author: Joan Smith

Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1992-08-28)

ISBN-10: 0521427134

ISBN-13: 9780521427135

Price: $43.99

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This book examines the intimate link between the micro-structures of households and the structures of the world-economy at a global level. It seeks to explain differences in wage levels for work of comparable productivity by examining the different structures of households as “income-pooling units.” The authors argue that the boundaries and sources of income of households are molded by the changing patterns of the world-economy, but are also modes of defense against its pressures. Empirical data is drawn from eight local regions in three different zones: the United States, Mexico and southern Africa.