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A systems view of life: a unifying vision

By F. Capra and L. Luisi (2014) Publisher: Cambridge University Press This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, […]

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Worlds Apart, Measuring International and Global Inequality

By Branko Milanovic Princeton University Press We are used to thinking about inequality within countries — about rich Americans versus poor Americans, for instance. But what about inequality between all citizens of the world? Worlds Apart addresses just how to measure global inequality among individuals, and shows that inequality is shaped by complex forces often working in different directions.

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Reflections from the World’s First Blue Marble Evaluator

This reflection is an excerpt from the book, Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles: Being the first-ever Blue Marble Evaluator and doing so with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food is an honor. I could tell you a million things about this, but for now I want to share two personal views that

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World System Analysis

By Immanuel Wallerstein Duke University Press In World-Systems Analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein provides a concise and accessible introduction to the comprehensive approach that he pioneered thirty years ago to understanding the history and development of the modern world. Since Wallerstein first developed world-systems analysis, it has become a widely utilized methodology within the historical social sciences

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The Globalization Reader

Authors: Frank Lechner and John Boli WIley An introduction to the issues surrounding the complex and controversial realities of today’s interconnected world. Since its initial publication, The Globalization Reader has been lauded for its comprehensive coverage of the issues surrounding globalization. Now in its sixth edition, the Reader has been thoroughly revised and updated and

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Anthropocene: A very short introduction

By Erle C. Ellis Published by Oxford University Press, 2018 This Very Short Introduction explains the science behind the Anthropocene and the many proposals about when to mark its beginning. Ellis offers an insightful discussion of our role in shaping the planet, and how this will influence our future on many fronts.

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The World System and the Earth System

Edited by Alf Hornberg and Carole Crumley In this benchmark volume top scholars come together to present state-of-the-art research and pursue a more rigorous framework for understanding and studying the linkages between social and ecological systems. Contributors from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, geography, ecology, palaeo-science, geology, sociology, and history, present and

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