Author Blatt, Jessica
Article Title John W. Burgess, the racial state and the making of the American science of politics
Full text http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2012.730623?needAccess=true
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Source Ethnic and racial studies. vol. 37, no. 6 (May 2014), p.1062-1079
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Journal Title Ethnic and racial studies.
Copy vol. 37, no. 6 (May 2014), p.1062-1079
ISSN 0141-9870
Brief substance This article examines the place of racial ideas in the constitution of political science as an academic discipline in the USA. For the Gilded Age generation that built the first PhD-granting departments in political science in the country, ‘race’ was the source of sovereignty, the basis of democratic legitimacy and a tool for delineating democracy's borders. It was also an important element of that cohort's aspiration to a ‘science’ of politics, distinct from what they viewed as the ‘abstract and formal’ theorizing of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Moreover, while the brand of racialism that characterized this founding moment came to seem outmoded within a few decades, in the 1920s political scientists seeking once again to claim an empirical, scientific basis for their discipline – and for American democracy – turned to new accounts and sciences of race
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Full text http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2012.730623?needAccess=true

 
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