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Decolonizing Global Studies  

Eve Darian-Smith

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter argues for the need to decolonize global studies, particularly as it is emerging as a new field of inquiry in the Global North. This entails decolonizing the basic building ... More

Global Epistemology  

Mohammed Bamyeh

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter explores some of the building blocks of an epistemology that would be especially appropriate for global studies. A global epistemology requires a multidimensional approach ... More

Law and the Development of Capitalism  

Laura R. Ford

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Feb 2019
The relationship between law and capitalism was of central interest to Max Weber. His legal training sensitized Weber from the beginning of his scholarly career to the social and ... More

Max Weber, Civil Society, and Partisanship  

Sung Ho Kim

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May 2019
Weber is not generally recognized as a democratic theorist of civil society. Drawing from his religious and political writings, this chapter reconstructs his vision of pluralistically ... More

The Modern State and Its Monopoly on Violence  

Andreas Anter

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Feb 2019
Weber defines the state as a political institution that claims successfully on the monopoly of violence. The chapter shows that this definition is a result of Weber’s historical studies ... More

Nation, Nation-State, and Nationalism  

John Breuilly

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May 2019
Max Weber published a good deal as a German nationalist. He wrote about nation and state as a social scientist. Much of his political writing promoted German interests at home and abroad. ... More

Pierre Bourdieu and International Relations  

Antonin Cohen

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Apr 2018
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Apr 2018
Over time, Pierre Bourdieu became an emergent reference in international relations—quite paradoxically, given that Bourdieu himself did not pay much attention to international relations as ... More

Plebiscitary Politics and the Threats to Legality: Some Classical Insights on a Current Phenomenon  

Claudius Härpfer

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Feb 2019
In recent times we find many plebiscitary acts that seek to democratically legitimize political processes in any direction. They have in common that they interrupt the normal routine of ... More

Politics and Ethics, and the Ethic of Politics  

Hans Henrik Bruun

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Mar 2019
This chapter first examines Max Weber’s views on the relationship between ethics and politics. Weber maintained that there is an ineradicable conflict between the ultimate value spheres, ... More

The Study on Ancient Israel and Its Relevance for Contemporary Politics  

Eduardo Weisz

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Feb 2019
When Max Weber began his work on the historical importance of the relationship between the Protestant ethic and modern capitalism, he committed himself to the most enduring of his ... More

The Supranational Dimension in Max Weber’s Vision of Politics  

Kari Palonen

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May 2019
Max Weber analyzed politics from the perspective of Chancen for actors, and he never separated world politics from domestic politics. The “Westphalian balance” between great European ... More

The Weberian City, Civil Society, and Turkish Social Thought  

Lütfi Sunar

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Feb 2019
Concepts of civil society and despotism played a fundamental role in Western interpretations of modern society, defined as a civilization, through construction of the “other.” On the one ... More

Weberian Social Theory: Rationalization in a Globalized World  

Ralph Schroeder

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Feb 2019
This chapter gives an account of Weber’s concept of rationalization and how it has been used by subsequent social thinkers. The argument of the chapter is that rationalization is a central ... More

Worldview Analysis  

Mona Kanwal Sheikh

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
In a global era, the challenge for worldview analysis is to embrace both a context-sensitive and a culturally sensitive approach to concepts and ideas. This chapter identifies solid ... More

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