Methods and Nations: Cultural Governance and the Indigenous Subject

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 1, 2004 - Political Science - 272 pages
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"Methods and Nations" critiques one of the primary deployments of twentieth-century social science: comparative politics whose major focus has been "nation-building" in the "Third World," often attempting to universalize and render self-evident its own practices. International relations theorists, unable to resist the "cognitive imperialism" of a state-centric social science, have allowed themselves to become colonized. Michael Shapiro seeks to bring recognition to forms of political expression-alternative modes of intelligibility for things, people, and spaces-that have existed on the margins of the nationhood practices of states and the complicit nation-sustaining conceits of social science.

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Michael Shapiro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii.

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