Social scientist and world-systems analyst Immanuel Wallerstein believes that 1968 was a watershed moment, a year that marked the beginning of the end of the current world-system, and perhaps the beginning of the end of capitalism. He also points out that it is now, at this very moment, at the beginning of the 21st century, that we are feeling what he calls the turbulent results of the dismantling of such a system, bringing Chaos Theory into the picture.
A short version of Chaos first: Chaos Theory is the idea in science and math that even within a seemingly predictable system, there can be tiny, miniscule initial differences, that when inputted can in fact make that predictable system unpredictable. In other words—small differences, inserted at the right moment, can affect the entire system in question in a way that makes it impossible to gage a long-term conclusion.
I am going to argue that the fact that a certain generation of Cuban-Americans, my parent’s generation (teens at the time), did not participate in the American counter-culture, alongside their fellow students, made a very big ripple in the long run; the “long wave.” A glitch in the general movement that was occurring in 1968, which had enormous repercussions. A slight lack of continuity, on a seemingly small scale, which may, however, have had, and is still having, a much larger (perhaps even “chaotic”), world-wide effect.
|Keywords:||Cuban-American, Hyphenated-Americans, 1968, Immanuel Wallerstein, The World-System|
Writer, PhD Candidate, University of California, Irvine, Miami, Fl, USA
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