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Introduction: For a global historical sociology

Go, Julian and Lawson, George (2017) Introduction: For a global historical sociology. In: Go, Julian and Lawson, George, (eds.) Global Historical Sociology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, ix-xii. ISBN 9781316711248

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781316711248.001

Abstract

Would it be an exaggeration to claim that there has been a “global” revolution in the social sciences? Witness, in disciplinary history, the rise of “global history” and “transnational history”. Ever since Akira Iriye’s (1989) call for historians “to search for historical themes and conceptions that are meaningful across national boundaries,” historians have institutionalized transnational history as a prominent subfield, one that can be seen in journals, books, conferences, course offerings, and job lines. Witness, too, the proliferation of “globalization” studies (e.g. Castells 1996; Held et al 1999; Beck 2006; Beck 2012) and the attempt to institutionalize a “global sociology” (Burawoy 2000; Burawoy 2008), moves intended to explore new cosmopolitan identities and trace social processes at transnational and global scales (also see Wallerstein 2001). Consider finally the discipline of International Relations (IR). For much of its disciplinary history, IR has studied the workings of a small part of the world (the West) through a relatively sparse analytical lens (the “states under anarchy” problematique). In recent years, IR scholarship has begun to make clear the ways in which the emergence of the discipline was intimately associated with issues of colonial management (e.g. Vitalis 2010, 2016), the diverse range of polities that constitute the international system (e.g. Phillips and Sharman 2015), and the myriad of social forces, from market exchanges to cultural flows, that make up “the international” (e.g. Hobson, Lawson and Rosenberg 2010). The academy’s most overtly “international” discipline is finally going “global” (Tickner and Blaney eds. 2012).

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.cambridge.org/
Additional Information: © 2017 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 13:11
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 00:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84142

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