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Reconsidering American Power: Pax Americana and the Social Sciences

John D. Kelly, Kurt Jacobsen, and Marston H. Morgan


Postcolonial studies, postmodern studies, even posthuman studies emerge, and intellectuals demand that social sciences be remade to address fundamentals of the human condition, from human rights to global environmental crises. Since these fields owe so much to American state sponsorship, is it easier to reimagine the human and the modern than to properly measure the pervasive American influence? Reconsidering American Power offers trenchant studies by renowned scholars who reassess the role of the social sciences in the construction and upkeep of the Pax Americana and the influence of Pax Amer ... More

Keywords: imperialism, neo-colonialism, decolonization, political economy, anthropology, sociology, International Relations, qualitative methods, South Asia, USA

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199490585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John D. Kelly, editor
Christian W. Mackauer Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Kurt Jacobsen, editor
Research Associate in Political Science, University of Chicago

Marston H. Morgan, editor
Member, United States Foreign Service

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