Metaphors of Sovereignty

Lisa Lowe

in America and the Misshaping of a New World Order

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520098701
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943797 | DOI:
Metaphors of Sovereignty

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This chapter discusses the role of U.S. political science in shaping the understanding of contemporary world governance. The dominant paradigm of U.S. political science has defined the study of the “political” in terms of the nation-state. This definition has both produced and restricted knowledge about the present conditions of globalization. It has provided the framework within which the “war on terror” and the legislation of the “immigration crisis” are currently rationalized. Political science in the United States adopted a liberal definition of sovereignty, which lets the state monopolize the use of force. The government has used the so-called war on terror to create an apparent crisis to justify the state's monopoly on both violence and power, combining extreme military force in extraterritorial war with the state-supported suppressions of civil and political dissent to protect the unimpeded progress of corporate capitalism.

Keywords: U.S. political science; nation-state; globalization; sovereignty; state's monopoly

Chapter.  10857 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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