ISBN : 9780199490585
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.
But is it easier to reimagine the human and the modern than to properly measure pervasive American influence?
American power elevated many social sciences to global prominence: economics, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology.
But even though they, and history and the contemporary humanities, owe so much to American state sponsorship, most scholars have been curiously reluctant to address the American era in unflinching critical terms, beyond stories of neo-colonialism and informal imperialism.
This volume seeks to provoke an intellectual confrontation whose time has come, especially for social sciences whose own self-understanding is at stake, and for everyone's future.
The scholars assembled here do not claim a subaltern voice, or a view from outside: they ask to be seen as critics from the inside, informed but disjoint.
These milestone essays, by leaders in their fields, pursue realities behind their theories, and reconsider the real origins and motives of their fields with an eye to what will deter or repurpose the 'fiery huts' to come.
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''Call me Ishmael'': American Epic, American Grotesque, American Sublime and the American Social Sciences
by John Kelly, Kurt Jacobsen, Marston Morgan
Part I: Origins: The American Century and its New Sciences in War and Peace, at Home and Abroad
01 The Noble American Science of Imperial Relations and Its Laws of Race Development by Robert Vitalis
02 American Power and the New Mandarins Redux: Hegemony, Orthodoxy and IR by Kurt Jacobsen
03 Seeing Like an Area Specialist by Bruce Cumings
04 The Imperialism of Categories: Situating Knowledge in a Globalizing World by Susanne Rudolph
Part II: Anomalies: The Use and Abuse of Political Economy
05 The Misuse of Numbers: Audits, Quantification, and the Obfuscation of Politics by James C. Scott and Matthew Light
06 The Use and Abuse of Mathematical Economics by Michael Hudson
07 How to Bring Economics into the 3rd Millennium by Edward Fullbrook
Part III: Predicaments: Some Consequences of Applied Social Science
08 Power after Nuclear Weapons by Anne Harrington
09 Sociology and the Pax Americana (1945-1975) by George Steinmetz
10 Translating Social Science for China: Qu Qiubai and History's Coffin by Tani Barlow
11 The Golden Bough at Breton Woods: Anticipating the Decline and Fall of American Anthropology by Marston Morgan
12 Beyond National Liberalism: Self-Determination and the World of Pax Americana by John Kelly
Part IV: Expeditions: After Reality Capsizes Theory
13 South Asia and American Power by Lloyd Rudolph
14 The Ghosts of Anticommunism and Neoliberalism: East Asian Studies in the 21st Century by Michael Bourdaghs
15 Counterfeit COIN, and the State of Nature Effect by Marshall Sahlins
Conclusion: Starbuck's Dilemma and Academic Expertise by John Kelly, Kurt Jacobsen
About the editors and contributors