Paul S. Ciccantell

Paul S. Ciccantell
Western Michigan University | WMU · Department of Sociology

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Introduction
Paul S. Ciccantell currently works at the Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University. Paul does research on extractive industries, global commodity chains, political economy, and political ecology. His most recent publication is 'Coal's Persistence in the Capitalist World-Economy: Against Teleology in Energy 'Transition' Narratives Coal's Persistence in the Capitalist World-Economy: Against Teleology in Energy 'Transition' Narratives'.
Additional affiliations
August 2007 - May 2017
Western Michigan University
Position
  • Director
August 2006 - August 2007
National Science Foundation
Position
  • Program Director
Description
  • Sociology Program Director (Rotator)
August 1994 - August 2000
Kansas State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 1988 - August 1994
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Field of study
  • Sociology
August 1983 - May 1987
Trinity University
Field of study
  • Sociology and Latin American Studies

Publications

Publications (42)
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The literatures on global commodity chains and global value chains rest on an unquestioned assumption: the continual expansion of globalization. The Trump Administration's trade wars challenged this foundational assumption and even today the new Biden regime also hints at the shift away from global supply chains. We find that the prior administrati...
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This chapter will utilize the raw materialist lengthened global commodity chains model to examine how the coal global commodity chain has shaped extractive peripheries over the last three centuries. Coal is the quintessential “old economy” raw material that powered the Industrial Revolution. Coal was a key ingredient in economic ascent over the pas...
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One major driver of migration over the centuries has been the need for labor to open up new areas for mining, agriculture, and other types of extractive industries as the capitalist world-economy expands and incorporates new locations and peoples. Our focus is on the role of migration to and from resource frontiers as they become more permanent ext...
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Predominant analyses of energy offer insufficient theoretical and political-economic insight into the persistence of coal and other fossil fuels. The dominant narrative of coal powering the Industrial Revolution, and Great Britain's world dominance in the nineteenth century giving way to a U.S.- and oil-dominated twentieth century, is marred by tel...
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Predominant analyses of energy offer insufficient theoretical and political economic insight into the persistence of coal and other fossil fuels. The dominant narrative of coal powering the Industrial Revolution and Great Britain’s world dominance in the 19th century giving way to a US and oil-dominated 20th century is marred by teleological assump...
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The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry began as a means of making use of natural gas resources in socially remote regions and of natural gas associated with oil production. Natural gas was transformed from a waste product into LNG that could be moved thousands of miles to market, redefining “waste” as a valuable raw material. As the newest large‐...
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This chapter brings the ecologically unequal exchange (EUE) literature into dialogue with another world-systems theoretical model, raw materialism. This theoretical model focuses attention on the raw materials-based industries and linked transport systems that are used to solve the most fundamental challenge to rapid economic growth: how to acquire...
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In the midst of activist, citizen, and policymaker concerns about and advocacy for the end of coal as a fuel, this chapter takes a long-term historical-materialist perspective on energy and society relations. The historical evolution of coal commodity chains from mines in global peripheries to consumption in world-system cores through four periods...
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Historically, workers exerted power by interrupting long distance flows of commodities at the extraction, processing, and transport stages. Labor, often organized through traditional unions, seized this vulnerability in disparate industries to gain higher wages and better working conditions and to achieve political goals in national and internation...
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This paper shows how Japanese ?rms and the Japanese state constructed a development model based on the steel industry as a generative sector that drove Japan’s economic ascent in the world-historical context of U.S. hegemony. We make three arguments in this paper. First, there is a new model of capital accumulation that does create new forms of soc...
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There have been a number of critical historical opportunities for labor to exert power by interrupting long distance flows of commodities at the extraction, processing, and transport stages. This vulnerability has been used by workers in these industries to gain higher wages and better working conditions and to achieve political goals in national a...
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Theorists of hegemony combine a concern with the causes of war and peace with questions of dominant trade regimes. While this combination addresses issues of central importance for studies of international relations, it may somewhat confound the role of hegemony studies within a world systems perspective. The power of the world systems perspective...
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In this paper, we focus on the roles of the steel and shipbuilding industries as generative sectors in Korea's rapid economic ascent. We argue that a world-systems analysis focusing on these generative sectors provides a more complete understanding of Korea's rapid economic ascent than do other theoretical models. We outline the similarities betwee...
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The global commodity chains (GCCs) approach is an insightful way to understand issues of `development' and production and consumption differentials across space. It potentially offers insight into the issue of `ecologically unequal exchange'. However, we propose three revisions to conventional GCC analysis. First, many of the GCC studies tend to fo...
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After World War II, Japan reinvented itself as a shipbuilding powerhouse and began its rapid ascent in the global economy. Its expansion strategy integrated raw material procurement, the redesign of global transportation infrastructure, and domestic industrialization. In this authoritative and engaging study, Stephen G. Bunker and Paul S. Ciccantel...
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How did Japan rise to challenge the U.S. economic supremacy? We argue that the foundation of Japan's rise from a defeated nation in 1945 to an economic powerhouse is the raw materials that Japanese firms have turned into cars, ships, consumer electronics, and of other industrial products. A small island nation that lacked adequate domestic supplies...
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In this introductory chapter, we briefly outline the history of the political economy of raw materials, focusing particularly on the relationship between raw materials and economic development. We then introduce the chapters of this volume, and we conclude by discussing future directions for research in this area.
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Incorporating local space, matter, and society into our concepts of the global in analytically compatible ways poses a major challenge for contemporary scholars of both world systems and globalization. Many analysts ignore both materiality and locality of production. They assume the global as their point of departure, and attempt to incorporate the...
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In this chapter, we apply the materio-spatial logic of new historical materialism (Ciccantell and Bunker 2002) to analysis of the technological, financial, political, ideological, and social organizational innovations that sustained the successful campaigns of five nations—Portugal, Holland, Great Britain, the United States, and Japan—to dominate w...
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The economic ascent of China in the past two decades is the most dramatic change in the capitalist world-economy of this period. Analyses focus on changes in government control of the economy, the availability of low cost workers for export production, the historical characteristics of Chinese economy and society, and the role of the Chinese govern...
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Creating a continental energy market, including an interconnected electricity industry, was a central motivation for the U.S. government in the negotiation of the CUSFTA and NAFTA. Free trade agreements and regulatory changes in North America have fundamentally altered the characteristics of the electricity industry and the strategies of its consti...
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The causes and consequences of inequality between national economies, the ascent to dominance within the world hierarchy of economies, and the dynamics driving the material intensification and spatial expansion of production and trade in the world economy have long been core questions in a wide range of fields concerned with economic change and dev...
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In this article, we examine the roles of raw materials and their transport as key generative sectors in the ascent of two rising core economies, Holland and Japan. We show that the organizational, technical, and informational capacities developed by these states and by the Dutch and Japanese shipbuilding, shipping, and raw materials firms to insure...
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The key but too often overlooked link between firms and communities in the emerging NAFTA economy is transportation. Cross-border investment, trade, competition and cooperation are dependent on the restructuring of the U.S., Mexican and Canadian transport systems into a tightly integrated, efficient network. The paper examines the role of transport...
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This paper argues that conflicting assessments of the impacts of free trade in North America are incomplete because they do not analyse these effects in light of the key long term U.S. goal : the reconstruction of U.S. hegemony that was under siege by Japan and Europe. The declining competitiveness of U.S. raw materials supply systems badly damaged...
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Current analyses of globalisation often assume that this is a new phenomenon and that it operates in the same manner across all sectors of the economy. This paper argues that precisely the opposite is true: globalisation is a longstanding process that exhibits distinct characteristics in different industries and different time periods. The analytic...
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This paper applies the theoretical model of the new historical materialism to the analysis of data from four raw materials-based communities in the Brazilian Amazon. New historical materialism argues that the characteristics of particular raw materials and the social processes of extraction, processing, and consumption shape both corporate and stat...
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What happens to rural communities in remote raw materials-rich regions when their definitions of the region's natural resources are confronted with competing and incompatible definitions presented and enforced by external actors? The social constructionist approach in environmental sociology provides an essential counterbalance to environmental det...
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The closing years of the 20th century will be remembered as a time of tumultuous change. The various essays are attempts to understand the changes and ground them in the context of the logic of the contemporary world-system. The essays are divided into two main themes: structural transformations and regional ramifications of global transformations....
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1994. Includes bibliographical references.

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