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.

Whither Iran?  A 21-year-old Reform Movement on the Brink of Success

Whither Iran? A 21-year-old Reform Movement on the Brink of Success

It is about time to support the democratic movement in Iran in any way that we feasibly can. In this effort, context and local knowledge matter greatly.

Bounty≠Consumerism: An International, Aesthetic Christmas

Bounty≠Consumerism: An International, Aesthetic Christmas

Consumerism is all about Pride. Fighting consumerism in Christmas, ironically, can also be all about pride.

10th Anniversary Post – Why Faculty Use Blogs

10th Anniversary Post – Why Faculty Use Blogs

The fast publishing of the blogosphere is a wonderful venue for self-expression when you have something to say, so – make use of it! 

Why Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel – And Palestine

Why Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel – And Palestine

Rather than seeing the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, lobbyists for Palestinians should ask recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

The Nazi Movement Today: Our Cousins, Ourselves

The Nazi Movement Today: Our Cousins, Ourselves

It is about time that the white supremacists among us learn that they do not own the Right. Nor do they represent it.

Going Grassroots: Visiting the Foreign Locales of Arkansas and Southwest Texas

Going Grassroots: Visiting the Foreign Locales of Arkansas and Southwest Texas

Travelling through the Southwest of the USA reveals that there is much to learn about a local culture not yet homogenized by the great thrust of globalization.

What Do Karl Marx, Napoleon, and the Majlis Have in Common?

What Do Karl Marx, Napoleon, and the Majlis Have in Common?

Terms such as Political Science or Comparative Politics may carry many different significations at once. 

Afghanistan: A Subaltern State Suffering from Terrorism

Afghanistan: A Subaltern State Suffering from Terrorism

The process of eliminating the influence of Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan remains slow, as the country’s economic and political development is still chaotic.

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.

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