Dead Reckonings

Ideas, Interests, and Politics in the Information Age

By John Kurt Jacobsen
(Humanity Books, Hardcover, 9781573923033, 238pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 1997

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In periods of rapid change, social scientists are nearly as much "at sea" as anyone else. These "dead reckonings" accordingly try to chart a course through an arena where familiar landmarks are altered or absent. Dead Reckonings is aimed at an audience of political scientists and social scientists but should interest many nonspecialists who are concerned with these broad social issues. Therefore, the book investigates how scientific ideas interact with material circumstances and social ideologies to influence politics. It addresses debates in both the philosophy of science and in the field of political science; examines the socio-economic impact of foreign high technology investment upon "less developed" host states; the difficulties of reconciling the microelectronics revolution with the social needs in advances industrial nations; the prudent supervision of the export of sensitive nuclear fuels and facilities; the role that technology as an "independent variable" plays in the politics of trade policy, especially in the United States, the limits of rational choice analysis in the peace process in Northern Ireland, and a radical reconsideration of the :national-international connect" in political science and its implications for the porous border between the subdisciplines of international relations and comparative politics. The book concludes with a pair of short essays dealing with ideological antics within television and cinema.

About the Author

John Kurt Jacobsen is a Research Associate in the Program on International Politics, Economics and Security in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Chasing Progress in the Irish Repoublic.

Praise For Dead Reckonings

"An inspired, iconoclastic work of social science that also takes deadly aim at the reigning paradigms of inquiry: notably the dominant doctrines of political science, but also the more tacit or hidden ideas and assumptions that inform the daily media ana

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