Chapter

Conclusion

Michael Burawoy

in The Extended Case Method

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259003
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943384 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259003.003.0006
Conclusion

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The twentieth century began with transitions from capitalism to a socialism that betrayed its own ideals. By the end of the twentieth century socialism-as-it-was collapsed under its own weight, returning its exhausted subjects to an unbridled capitalism. In between we witnessed the transformation of capitalism at its center and an anticolonial revolution at its periphery, each with its own alarmingly destructive variants. These four transformations defined the experience of the twentieth century and laid the foundations of the twenty-first century. Together these four transformations have exercised the author's attention, and this concluding chapter briefly assembles what he has learned.

Keywords: twentieth century; capitalism; socialism; social transformation

Chapter.  5968 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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