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.

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.

Want a Scapegoat? Blame Serbia! (a Satire)

Want a Scapegoat? Blame Serbia! (a Satire)

Whilst scapegoating of countries like Israel is common, there is a frightening and serious rise of fascism in Europe. Satire can offer a fresh outlook on bias.

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.

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