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Islands in the stream: revisiting methodological nationalism under conditions of globalization

Bailey, Nicholas and Winchester, Nik (2012). Islands in the stream: revisiting methodological nationalism under conditions of globalization. Sociology, 46(4) pp. 712–727.

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Reference to the sovereign nation-state has traditionally been held to lie at the heart of the conceptualisation of inter-state relations in social scientific discourse. Recent debates have sought to problematise the centrality of this concept, particularly under the banner of globalisation. Specifically, it has been argued that contemporary practices have weakened national boundaries thereby undermining the effectiveness of state actors and the relevance and explanatory value of the national. In this paper we examine the maritime industry as a ‘critical case’, and demonstrate how in an extensively globalised context the national understood as legitimate authority, grounded in territory, is still necessary to understand certain key processes. We present a series of cases in which the normal, smooth operation of shipping is disturbed, in order to reveal operative practice. Our claim is that methodological nationalism continues to be a legitimate perspective even in an extensively globalised context.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author(s)
ISSN: 0038-0385
Keywords: authority; globalization; methodological nationalism; state; territory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 32311
Depositing User: Nik Winchester
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 10:40
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:02
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