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International origins of social and political theory: introduction

Barkawi, Tarak ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-5055 and Lawson, George (2017) International origins of social and political theory: introduction. In: Barkawi, Tarak and Lawson, George, (eds.) International Origins of Social and Political Theory. Political power and social theory (32). Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781787142671

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Identification Number: 10.1108/S0198-871920170000032001


This article introduces the main themes that animate this special issue: the necessary entanglement of theory and history, the cortical relationship between theory and practice, and the transboundary (i.e., international) relations that help to constitute systems of both thought and practice. We integrate the contributions to the special issue within these overarching themes and identify their main contributions. We make three core arguments: first, all theory is situated knowledge, derived in and through historical context; second, theory-practice is a single field in which theory arises out of and acts upon historical experience; and third, both social and political theory have international origins, arising from transboundary encounters.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 14:30
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2023 00:42

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