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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

The Survival and Adaptation of Area Studies
The survival and adaptation of area studies
Rudra Sil

Most of what is truly useful for policy is context-specific, culture-bound, and non-generalizable. Francis Fukuyama (2005: 22)

Introduction

Within the framework of the humanities, the significance of ‘area studies’ is largely unproblematic. The subject matter – be it the history, literature, art, or culture of a particular region – is presumed to be worthy of study in its own right. There are surely debates over the objectives and methods of an inquiry, with some more partial to critique or deconstruction and others more concerned with evoking the richness of human experience within a given society. Even so, area specialists housed in a humanities discipline typically feel no ...

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