Subaltern States – With Patricia Sohn

Subaltern States explores the social, cultural, historical, and/or social theory dimensions of the domestic politics of states around the world with a particular eye to the ‘subaltern’. That is, the less powerful or marginalized states, peoples, movements, or ideas within their domestic or regional contexts, or within the international system. The blog is curated by Patricia Sohn, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Is Trump the New Multicultural Internationalist?

Is Trump the New Multicultural Internationalist?

It is time for the Democrats to look at themselves in the mirror. Vanity, thy name is corruption. 

What Do We Mean by ‘Local People’? The Palestinian Case.

What Do We Mean by ‘Local People’? The Palestinian Case.

In the West Bank and Gaza, municipal leaders do truly thankless and heroic tasks every day.  Let them represent their people.

Will Trump Be to Palestinian-Israeli Peace What Nixon Was to the U.S and China?

Will Trump Be to Palestinian-Israeli Peace What Nixon Was to the U.S and China?

Peace processes should be about local populations. In the Palestinian case it must be about local Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line and their quality of life.

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The Village Knows Better, and Other Forms of Mob Rule

U.S. paid family leave policies or lack thereof, and a desire to emulate the ‘New Rome’ are discussed as unprogressive and counterproductive.

Which T.V. Show or Movie Does This World Most Resemble?

Which T.V. Show or Movie Does This World Most Resemble?

Some elements of the story lines of known television shows and movies resonate well with the current global political climate.

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What I Learned Fending off Wild Camels in Pamukkale (A Travelogue)

Fieldwork teaches you to appreciate the similarities of individuals and communities across the globe.

Bombing Syria, Isis, and How We Got Here

Bombing Syria, Isis, and How We Got Here

The true ideological divide in the U.S. today is true democrats versus neo-colonialists.

The Faith and Good Works Party – In My (Utopian) Dreams

The Faith and Good Works Party – In My (Utopian) Dreams

Without a multi-party system, the range of viewpoints that citizens inhabit every day is simply unrepresented in U.S. politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Has the U.S. Become a Single-Party Regime?

Has the U.S. Become a Single-Party Regime?

The U.S. today may increasingly resemble the single-party, single-coalition or dominant party regimes of yesteryear.

Field Research, Research Design, and Scientific Method (A Personal Account)

Field Research, Research Design, and Scientific Method (A Personal Account)

“Science” is a many splendored and varied thing. It even includes qualitative research.

Institutions Matter, Or, What I Learned Sleeping with Lions in Kenya

Institutions Matter, Or, What I Learned Sleeping with Lions in Kenya

Several lessons can be learned from fieldwork. Experience in Kenya speaks to the variety found in the everyday functioning of societies, institutions and cultures.

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