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America and the Misshaping of a New World Order$
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Giles Gunn and Carl Gutierrez-Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098701

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098701.001.0001

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Metaphors of Sovereignty

Metaphors of Sovereignty

(p.191) 11. Metaphors of Sovereignty
America and the Misshaping of a New World Order

Lisa Lowe

University of California Press

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

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