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

PEWS Award Nominations Calls for 2019

Consider nominating someone (or yourself) for a PEWS Section Award! Our awards include the Terence K. Hopkins Student Paper Award, Distinguished Article Award, and Distinguished Book Award. We are also pleased to introduce a new award this year, the Award for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! For details about the PEWS awards, please see our official call at this link. Additional details about each award, as well as a list of past winners, can be found at this link.

PEWS News Fall 2018 is Now Out!

The Fall 2018 edition of PEWS News is now out! Great thanks to Marilyn Grell-Brisk, Jesse Liss, and Zeinab Shuker for a fantastic issue—their first as our new editorial team! As you will see, the newsletter has some fascinating research spotlights and news from our members. It also contains important updates from the PEWS workshop at ASA and an overview of proposed changes to the PEWS bylaws that will be on the ballot this spring. Finally, check out the update from our Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a proposal for a new PEWS Interuniversity Consortium, news on our growing social media presence, and the latest on JWSR. You can access the newsletter at this link.

Changes to the Section By-Laws

This spring, PEWS members will have the oppotunity to vote on a series of proposed changes to the Section By-Laws alongside the election of new Council members. These proposed changes have emerged out of the multi-year effort on the part of the PEWS Council since 2016 to develop proposals and solicit repeated feedback from the membership through the survey, blog discussion, ASA workshop, and Reconciliation Committee. Please review the proposed changes and rationale here in preparation for the vote. The document can be found at this link. Please contact PEWS Chair Amy Quark (aaquark@wm.edu) with any question or concerns.

Political Economy of the World-System Interuniversity Consortium

In the Spring of 2018, Torry Dickinson approached the Council with the idea of establishing an interuniversity consortium to support PEWS research and teaching. Chris Chase-Dunn, Valentine M. Moghadam, and Beverly Silver graciously accepted the Council invitation to serve on an ad-hoc PEWS Interuniversity Consortium (PEWS-IC) Committee to explore this idea. The Committee has developed the following proposal and is now soliciting feedback from the membership.The proposal is at this link. If you have comments on the proposal or if you would like to be involved in the consortium, please contact the committee: Chris Chase-Dunn (chriscd@ucr.edu), Val Moghadam (vmmogha@yahoo.com), Beverly Silver (silver@jhu.edu).

Reconciliation Committee Report

The Reconciliation Committee has completed its work and is now soliciting feedback from the membership by October 19. The report is pasted below, attached to this email, and available on the blog (http://www.asapews.org/blog/reconciliation-committee-report/). Thanks to those who joined Amy on the Reconciliation Committee and offered their thoughtful contributions on these issues: Jennifer Bair, Chris Chase-Dunn, Rob Clark, Albert Fu, Jackie Smith, and Lu Zhang.

PEWS Survey Report

At the PEWS Council meeting in August 2016, the Council decided to conduct a survey to assist us in our efforts to deal with the problem of declining membership. The Council created a committee to conduct the survey consisting of Rob Clark, Matthew Mahutga, Victoria Reyes and John Talbot. The committee developed a survey instrument designed to ascertain the impressions of the PEWS section among current PEWS members, former members, and ASA members who had never been PEWS members but who might be interested in joining. The survey was distributed in November 2016 to PEWS members and was sent to the chairs of fifteen ASA sections that we identified as having some overlap of interests with PEWS. The chairs were asked to send the survey to their members. We received a total of 398 responses. The results of the survey are posted here.


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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