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Area Studies Methodology

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Předmět pokrývá pět hlavních tematických okruhů, ke každému z nich jsou povinné texty: 1. Okruh A. Proč area studies? 1.1. Szanton, David L., The Politics of Knowledge: Area Studies and the Disciplines, University of California Press, 2004. Introduction. 1.2. Bruce Cumings: Boundary Displacement: Area Studies and International Studies during and after the Cold War, Bulletin of Concerned Asia Scholars, Vol. 29, 1997. 1.3. Edward Said: Orientalism, Vintage Books, 1979, Introduction (pp.1-31). 2. Okruh B. Ekonomické souvislosti area studies 2.1. Dani Rodrik: Sense and Nonsense in the Globalization Debate, Foreign Policy, No. 107. (Summer, 1997), pp. 19-37. 2.2. James L. Watson: Golden Arches East. Stanford University Press, 1997. Introduction. 2.3. Thomas Friedman: The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Anchor Books, 2000, The New System. 3. Okruh C. Kultura, civilizace a migrace v rámci area studies 3.1. Samuel Huntington: The Clash of Civilizations, Foreign Affairs, 1993. 3.2. Edward Said: Clash of Ignorance. Reply to Huntington, oba zdroje z Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Simon Dalby and Paul Routledge: The Geopolitics Reader, 2nd Edition, Routledge, 2006. 3.3. Reiner Munz: Demography and Migration. Outlook for the 21st century. Migration Policy Institute, 2014. 4. Okruh D. Nacionalismus a mezinárodní politika v rámci area studies 4.1. Benedict Anderson: Fictional Communities, Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Verso, 1991, Introduction (pp.1-9), The Origins of National Consciousness (pp. 37-47). 4.2. Graeme Wood, Limbo World, Foreign Policy, January/February 2010. 4.3. Guillermo O'Donnell a Philippe C. Schmitter, Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions anout Uncertain Democracies (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), kapitoly 1, 2 a 3 (str. 3-36). 5. Okruh E. Geografie a area studies 5.1. Ricardo Hausmann: Prisoners of Geography. Foreign Policy, January, 1999. 5.2. Postel, Sandra L; Wolf, Aaron T.: Dehydrating conflict. Foreign Policy 126 (Sep/Oct 2001): 60-67. 5.3. Robert D. Kaplan: Revenge of Geography, Foreign Policy, 2009.

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The course Introduction to Area studies will focus on key concepts and key texts relevant for area studies as an academic discipline. Basic methodological issues will be covered as well. Examples of practical research questions related to specific aspects of area studies will be provided throughout the course.

Course readings are updated in the Czech version of the syllabus.