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date: 24 August 2019

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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 because global complexity cannot be captured by any single discipline of knowledge or viewpoint. Six building blocks of such a global epistemology are proposed, each of which reverses common current approaches to global studies: highlighting meso- over macro-level analysis; addressing normal flow of trouble rather than resorting to the language of “crisis”; trying to see the agent more often than the circumstance in which the agent lives; explaining the webs of complex connectivity rather than obfuscating them by using the language of “hegemony”; being more cognizant of the fact that communities come into being by knowledge produced by them and about them, not by necessity; and putting the human actor, rather than the objective structures, at the center of analysis.

Keywords: epistemology, globalization, social theory, agency, complexity

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