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Culture and Context in World Politics by Stephanie Lawson

By Stephanie Lawson

This wide-ranging, traditionally expert learn examines the profession of the tradition idea and similar notions of context in comparative and foreign politics, tracing connections during the disciplines of anthropology and historical past in addition to via concerns in nationalism and democracy. specific awareness is paid to the best way tradition as context is implicated in the most complex dichotomies in global politics, in addition to to how tradition can be re-conceptualized in a thought of cosmopolitan pluralism.

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Here we should note that contextualism generally counsels against attempts to seek the grail of objective reality ‘out there’. We are referred instead to the ‘context’ within which conversations and events occur or within which texts are produced. The context includes the presuppositions, expectations and intentions that actors bring to it and, more broadly, the conventions that apply to behaviour and the communication of meaning in any given situation. ‘Culture’ may be understood as a shorthand term for the combination of these contextual attributes, and so the term ‘cultural context’ is often used.

He does, however, highlight the central problem of behavioural social science, and that is the need to produce indicators that satisfy two often contradictory conditions: local validity and universal relevance,10 a problem that extends to virtually all methodological approaches in the human sciences. Another recent study of culture and international relations by Julie Reeves also considers the idea of context, but principally in terms of its methodological application in locating – or relocating – texts in the settings in which they were originally produced.

The collapse of bi-polarity was generally taken to be the single most important condition for the third event, that is, for securing a world order in which international cooperation against ‘rogue nations’ became possible. These developments underpinned the aspirations of liberal internationalism – a form of idealism developed on the basis of Kantian universalism. 49 Fukuyama’s major thesis embodied a theme of liberal triumphalism that became inextricably associated with proclamations of a US-led new world order marked by a foreign policy project of promoting democracy among people who did not as yet enjoy its benefits.

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