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Methodological Nationalism in Global Studies and Beyond

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Institutional Research & Planning, Feather River College, Quincy, CA 95971, USA
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Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(12), 327; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8120327
Received: 16 September 2019 / Revised: 25 November 2019 / Accepted: 2 December 2019 / Published: 4 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reshaping the World: Rethinking Borders)
Global studies, or the study of globalization, is a diverse field of research, with different disciplinary focuses and with some national versions. Russian Alexander Chumakov constructed it as a philosophical discipline, while in U.S. academia it is considered an empirical inquiry at the intersection of area studies, international studies, and international relations. This paper focuses on American global studies, pointing out the heavy epistemological burden it inherited from the field of knowledge dominated by international relations, which enshrines both methodological and political nationalism. International relations makes claims to be the sole theory originator in this field, but it may be criticized for several methodological and ethical issues (such as unwarranted simplifications that purge empirical contents to the point of unfalsifiability, antiquated epistemic ideals, Western and hegemonic biases, besides methodological nationalism), thus alternate theorizations are highly desirable.
Keywords: methodological nationalism; nation-state; state/anarchy model; globalization; epistemic ideals methodological nationalism; nation-state; state/anarchy model; globalization; epistemic ideals
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Koos, A.K.; Keulman, K. Methodological Nationalism in Global Studies and Beyond. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 327.

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