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James N Rosenau

An emergent epoch A key to grasping the emergent epoch lies in the contradictions that pervade the course of events. To repeat, the prime purpose is to provoke thought through the circulation of ideas. Allen and Unwin, pp. My own estimate is that such a volume would be much more in touch with what IR is today and what it is likely to become in the decades ahead. Neither globalizing nor localizing dynamics are amorph- ous forces that somehow drive the course of events.

I worlc the higher rungs of the ladder popitics abstraction as the loca- tions where the interesting questions and phenomena lie, whether they are in our personal or professional life. Such an implication is clearly misleading. The treatment of terminal entities is more ambiguous.

This may be the case in many issue areas, but in more than a few areas it is also the case that collectivities in the multi-centric world often shape issue outcomes and on occasion they even prevail.

Contemporary digital technologies enable individuals roseau greatly expand the range of their interpersonal relationships beyond face-to-face contacts and to participate in the formation and enlargement of groups in an ever more networked world, what Castells refers to as the “network society”.

Rosenau Turbulence in world politics: The bridging you speak of appears to be built on two primary concepts: Your insights wolrd well taken, except that your comments tend to be overreactions to the label I used. Today, however, such extensions have turbulejce common practice. Their system—subsystem orientations — their premises, hypotheses, and data that seek to draw the links between people at the micro level and collectivities at the macro worlv — are woefully lacking in the study of IR today.


A good example here polotics the simultaneity of the dispersal of production facilities by multi- national corporations and their concentration of banking, accounting, and other functions in major global centers.

Likewise, I have the impression that sociologists are increasingly focusing on ethnic tensions, a shift that enables them to by-pass the society as the adjudicator of system—subsystem tensions.

Chapters 21 and 22 are exceptions, but their analyses seek to generalize beyond the immediate circumstances that occasioned the writing of them. There are a couple of lesser points I would change in Turbulence if the publishers would agree to a revised edition which they sorld not because it still sells fourteen years later. What are the costs of such changes? An nfurcation label implies states are just one of many actors, none of which can exercise much authority because of the weight of numbers.

I would politiccs to see a wholesale shift into IR by sociologists. I can think of numerous reasons not mentioned in that chapter.

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To put it bluntly, I think the world is undergoing enormous change even as many, if not most, American political scientists, perhaps for diverse reasons, tend to downplay, even to ignore, the larger forces underlying the fundamental transformations in their professional analyses.

This exercise is the route to theory, a route that I enjoy traversing. As a newcomer with a recent Ph. In selecting the essays that follow I have sought to strike a balance between unpublished and previously published papers that are not well known either because they appeared in foreign journals or in books that have not been widely read. In the interest of addressing the challenges we face as students of world politics, however, I shall resist this temptation and simply ask you to play my game and temporarily assume that the foregoing is an accurate assessment of the paths that are leading the turblence into the future.

Yet, to be locked wofld in a conceptual jail is to run the risk of ignoring insights or data that may be relevant to the problems the investigator seeks to clarify.

Has the author remained all of his or her life in one place? Yet such behavior seems to be commonplace among aspiring academicians. Having devoted three books and a number of essays to spelling out this concep- tion of the underlying dynamics driving world politics,5 the temptation is to elaborate and seek to demonstrate the accuracy of the conception.


They can spread readily across national boundaries and are capable of reaching into any community everywhere in the world” We are faced with choices between various theoretical identities — from the broadest epistemological and paradigmatic questions for example, should we take the positivist or post-positivist turublence


Even ppolitics who oppose established dichotomies in IR seem themselves to have just created an alternative identity to emphatically espouse. One is to assume that systems are always on the edge of collapse, an assumption which compels us to be sensitive to, even in awe of, the capacity of systems to get from one moment, week, year, or decade in time to the next.

And yes, loyalties and identities have proliferated to the point of undermining commitments to states and societies. In other words, we are increasingly confronted by events that unfold virtually simultaneously, making it fruitless to cast analyses in terms of the interaction of independent and dependent variables. Finally, at the micro level, the analytical skills of individuals are increasing to the point that they now play a different and important role in world politics.

No matter that the Internet has stimulated the emergence of vast numbers of transnational networks not subject to the authority of any states. Criteria of selection In looking back over all the articles I have written, wincing at some of worlv and pleased with others, it is clear that they all focus on the challenge of understand- ing one jsmes another aspect of world politics and that they are marked by two turbu,ence and recurring themes.

There is no other if one wants to comprehend the human condition. As a newcomer myself, I have to ask: