Mapping the State Concept

Context: State theorists in disciplines such as Sociology and Political Science define “the state” in a multitude of ways. Approach: Ontology is about the nature of “being.” This approach to analysis is non-judgmental. This project, thus, is not about true or false, good or bad state concepts. Every claim defining the state is treated simply as a claim that is competing with other claims in the same scholarly arena. Question: What can be learned by mapping the ontology of the state? (i.e., how concepts are paired together or apart) Conclusion: Scholars generate state concepts with the following formula: “the [X] state.” In order to distinguish their new concept, scholars pair it with and against other, existing concepts. As we shall see, the author ponders whether or not this is a viable, long-term future pathway for state theory.



Work Title Mapping the State Concept
Subtitle Cartographic Definition of the State
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  1. Justin M Kelly
  2. Nicholas James Rowland
  1. state theory
  2. sociology
  3. science and technology studies
  4. ontology
  5. multiplicity
  6. undergraduate research
  7. political science
License All rights reserved
Work Type Capstone Project
DOI doi:10.26207/s5an-j709
Deposited March 13, 2019




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