May 13, 2008 – Giovanni Arrighi: “Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the New Asian Age”

Tuesday, May 13 / 4 PM / Humanities 210

Giovanni Arrighi is Professor of Sociology at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times (Verso, 1994) and co-author, with B. J. Silver, of Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System (Minnesota,1999). His latest book is Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century (Verso, 2007).

Professor Arrighi focuses on the divergent developmental trajectories of East Asia and Southern Africa over the last thirty years. The basic hypothesis he is investigating is whether the divergence can be traced to a difference in historical legacies: a legacy of accumulation without dispossession in East Asia, and one of accumulation by extreme dispossession in Southern Africa.

For more information please contact Gopal Balakrishnan, gopalb@ucsc.edu.

Sponsored by the Capitalisms and Anti-Capitalisms Research Cluster