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Chapter 9: International Relations and Political Sociology
International Relations and Political Sociology
Sociologists have traditionally paid scant attention to International Relations (IR) as a social-scientific discipline1. A small, but telling piece of evidence on sociologists’ lack of interest in IR is the absence of an article on this subject in the fifteen-volume International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences (Sills, 1968). The successor edition, extended to twenty-six volumes, included only two entries on IR and a few more on area studies (Smelser & Balter, 2001); the most recent edition ignored IR altogether, containing not a single entry on the discipline, but included area studies (Wright, 2015). This evidence suggests not only that sociologists’ ignorance of IR is ...