chapter  3
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Three Wallerstein and the Uncertain Worlds

WithCharles Lemert

More than once, in various venues, I have been present at a public event featuring Immanuel Wallerstein. Never once was there less than a standing room audience. Yet, though at least one hip-hop lyric out there features his name, he is not a star of that or any similar genre. He gives no sign of wanting to be. He sent me the hip-hop lyrics because, he said, I was the only person he knew who might understand them. I was charmed. He can be charming in a wry sort of way. But he is not preoccupied with this sort of thing.