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.

Women Acquitting Themselves Well

Women Acquitting Themselves Well

It seems that no one ever taught Nancy Pelosi that statesman-like or stateswoman-like self-restraint and politesse is incumbent upon one sitting in her position.

A Rationale for Pluralism: The Rural, Remote Peasant

A Rationale for Pluralism: The Rural, Remote Peasant

Policies that force people to choose between homogenization, fracture, or exclusion are rarely viable. Pluralism (institutional, cultural, social, and economic) offers extended periods of peace.

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Internet Democracy in ‘New’ India

The internet has given privileges as well as challenges to India which is new in the sense of the economic and according socio-political transformations.

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J’accuse! The Case for Traditional Capitalism

Traditionalism helps to avoid the pitfalls of Old World orthodoxy and New World secularism, which model the world on either a rosy interpretation of paradise or accept it as living hell.

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J’accuse! The Case for Pre-modernism, or, the Rural-urban Divide

It is argued that modernization is a bankrupt theory that has caused more harm than good on the human level.

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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.

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