In the Eye of the Storm: Explaining and Understanding Culture and Religion in International Relations

  • Scott M. Thomas
Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)


In chapter 2 we saw that it was a common set of assumptions about religion in social theory as well as the main theories of international relations that were at least partly responsible for the way culture and religion were marginalized in the study of international relations. What if it may not only be a matter of using the correct conceptual maps — theories or paradigms — to interpret what is taking place in world politics? The social scientific approach to the study of international relations assumes that there is an objective social world “out there” waiting to be discovered by the mapmaker or social scientist. All that is needed is study leave from teaching, enough funding, and an appropriate methodology.


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