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.

Symbolic Violence and Post-election USA: A Parable

Symbolic Violence and Post-election USA: A Parable

The extraordinary degree of diversity in the US population can be managed with narratives and terms of discourse that lead to discontent and upheaval, or to pluralism.

The War of the Words: Trump and the Left

The War of the Words: Trump and the Left

Institutions keeps the country intact and in balance over the long term. Arguments over the details of policy matter less, for we regularly change our minds on policy.

Erdogan’s Referendum: Expanding Executive Powers in Turkey

Erdogan’s Referendum: Expanding Executive Powers in Turkey

Turkey’s state of emergency may continue indefinitely if Turks approve the constitutional change expanding executive powers within the Turkish state.

Mainstream Film and the Middle East

Mainstream Film and the Middle East

A recent trend in film-making is bringing to Western audiences a more grounded Middle East.

Fourteen Points on Local Courts in the U.S.

Fourteen Points on Local Courts in the U.S.

Local judges need to be more empowered, not less, so that they can engage their training in impartial decision making based on law and principle.

Inhabiting Orthodoxy: Discussing Islam and Feminism, Continued

Inhabiting Orthodoxy: Discussing Islam and Feminism, Continued

Examining how Muslim women in the Middle East inscribe themselves in their own religion can help clarify differences and similarities between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

Methods War: How Ideas Matter within Political Science

Methods War: How Ideas Matter within Political Science

Calls for qualitative scholars to share their fieldwork notes is not only illegal, but also threatens the integrity and quality of the qualitative research process.

A New Page for Taiwan and China

A New Page for Taiwan and China

Taiwan needs more voice in the international sphere and China needs to respect democratic values and stop using coercive means to force Taiwan to unify with China.

Pacifism, Just War and Civil Liberties in a Multicultural Age

Pacifism, Just War and Civil Liberties in a Multicultural Age

I will not fight for my rights, my freedoms or for my place in the political process. All of these are granted either by birth as a human being, or by citizenship.

Explaining the Donald Trump Victory

Explaining the Donald Trump Victory

Mark Twain came to mind many times throughout the recent election. I could imagine him rocking in his chair, smoking his cigar, shaking his head, and chuckling.

Political Contestation and the Problem of Bordered Thinking

Political Contestation and the Problem of Bordered Thinking

Regionalization, internationalization and context have blinded us to the impact of larger social movements in contemporary politics.

Income Inequality & Subaltern America: Thoughts for U.S. Election Day

Income Inequality & Subaltern America: Thoughts for U.S. Election Day

The next President of the U.S. is going to have to face the consequences of high levels of income inequality among the grassroots of the American people.

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