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, it addresses 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.

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Aquaman: a New Year Parable In Race and Ethnicity

The recent Hollywood adaptation of Aquaman provides an important metaphor for racial conflict, and a timely talking point in modern society.

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Looking Back at 2011

2011 is a moment in history which encapsulated the impulse for achieving democracy yet a review of subsequent events show democratisation is an extremely complex process.

Habitus: Why Positive Law Is Better than Originalism or Post-Modernism in Law

Habitus: Why Positive Law Is Better than Originalism or Post-Modernism in Law

Positive law stands as a tradition that predates post-modernism and post-structuralism; and, yet, it persists as an important corrective to them in their extremes.

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Courts: The Quagmire

The Bar Associations have substantively failed to regulate their own people, contributing to a decrease in public trust in the judicial system at large.

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What Is Nationalism? A Nation? A Nationalist?

In principle, the nation-state is an institutional means precisely to democratize the international system.

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The Theatre of Politics: Politics as Oscar Broadway

Politics is compared to theatre due to the growing trend of passion play; a trend which is argued does not contribute positively to coexistence or commonality.

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International Travel Is a Risky Business: Research, Study, & Proselytizing

When travelling abroad, there are typically no rights to protest nor to challenge or undermine laws in a foreign national context.

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Fiction, Film & Empiricism: Comparative Politics as Action and Adventure

Works of art in novels, classic travelogues, and film have a strong, evocative power for students of comparative politics.

Border Field State Park / Imperial Beach, San Diego, California

Border Crossings: Our Criminals, Their Criminals, and “Good Fences”

Not all borders are the same. But they all share one thing in common: people will cross them illegally if they can – if only for the fun of it.

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A Bit of Bedouin Perspective on World Politics Today

The film ‘Sand Storm’ sparks greater questions regarding modernity and whether it really requires the destruction of alternative ways of life.

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To Avoid a Syrian Quagmire: Turkish-American Compromise and Cooperation

Negotiation and compromise between both governments and the SDF are explored as the path forward for the United States, Turkey, and anti-Assad forces.

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