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Ben Rosamond

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter 1: The Political Sciences of European Integration: Disciplinary History and EU Studies

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The Political Sciences of European Integration: Disciplinary History and EU Studies
The political sciences of European integration: Disciplinary history and EU studies
Introduction

The task of writing disciplinary history is far from straightforward.1 Like all history, the composition of a narrative about a field is undertaken at a particular time and in a particular place – from a particular ‘subject position’ that may reflect certain biases which in turn follow from a multiplicity of concerns that follow from those temporal and spatial coordinates. ‘Formal’ disciplinary histories in any field are relatively rare, while stock-taking, ‘state of the art’ exegeses are found rather more often. More common still, though largely unacknowledged as exercises in disciplinary history, are those acts of framing and storytelling about a field's past that ...

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