Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research

Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research

Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research

Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research

Synopsis

Framing the Global explores new and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of global issues. Essays are framed around the entry points or key concepts that have emerged in each contributor's engagement with global studies in the course of empirical research, offering a conceptual toolkit for global research in the 21st century.

Excerpt

The global- whether an institution, a process, a discursive practice, or an imaginary—simultaneously transcends the exclusive framing of the nation-state and partly inhabits national territories and institutions. Seen this way, globalization is more than its common representation as growing interdependence and the formation of self-evidently global institutions. It also comprises processes situated deep inside the national, which means that one instantiation of globalization actually is the outcome of a partial denationalizing of the national as historically constructed.

From this perspective, then, the fact that several authors in this book engage the global as regional specialists takes on a whole new meaning. Such a regional angle raises the level of difficulty of detecting the global: it is not enough to confine one’s study to the self-evidently global condition. If the global also comprises processes situated deep inside the national, then the development of knowledge about the global requires specialized knowledge about subnational settings. Indeed, in my research I find that it is the subnational and the global scales that become strategic for developing a global . . .

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