1st Edition

The Relevance of Regions in a Globalized World Bridging the Social Sciences-Humanities Gap

Edited By Galia Press-Barnathan, Ruth Fine, Arie M. Kacowicz Copyright 2019
    242 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume provides a unique open inter-disciplinary dialogue across the Humanities and Social Sciences to further our understanding of the phenomenon of regions and regionalism in a globalized world both at the theoretical and empirical levels.

    What comprises a region? What are the different regional dynamic processes that take place? What is the relationship between the regional and the global? What role does identity building play? Bringing together scholars from various disciplines within and across the Social Sciences and the Humanities to reflect on these questions, the book explores how regions are imagined, constructed, understood, and explained in different academic disciplines. Each chapter addresses these common questions and uses its own disciplinary lenses to answer them. In addition, the volume offers interesting reflections on the academic borders constructed in the study of regions, thus demonstrating the importance of obtaining insights from both social scientists and humanities scholars in order to better understand the relevance of regions in a complex and globalized world.

    An important work for scholars and postgraduate students in many fields, including political science, international relations, sociology, economics, geography, history and literature, as well as for those interested in regionalism and area studies.

    Chapter One: Regions in a Globalized World: Bridging the Social Sciences-Humanities Gap

    Galia Press-Barnathan, Ruth Fine, and Arie M. Kacowicz

    Chapter Two: Preferential Trade Agreements in the Developing World

    Edward D. Mansfield

    Chapter Three: Linking Economic Performance and Regional Institutionalism: More Local, Less Global?

    Yoram Z. Haftel and Daniel F. Wajner

    Chapter Four: Overlapping Regionalism and Region-Building in Africa

    Christof Hartman

    Chapter Five: Focusing on Regions as the Way to Understand War and Peace

    Benjamin Miller

    Chapter Six: A New Cultural Geography of East Asia: Imagining a ‘Region’ through Popular Culture

    Nissim Otmazgin

    Chapter Seven: Nationalism, Religion, and Sub-State National Identity in Southeast Asia: Regional and Global Relevance

    Jacques Bertrand

    Chapter Eight: The Middle East: A Volatile Region in Transition

    Avraham Sela

    Chapter Nine: The Cantonese Pacific in the Making of Nations

    Henry Yu

    Chapter Ten: ’Linguistic Peace’? Reflections on the Interstate Security Consequences of Iberian American Linguistic Kinships versus European Linguistic Fragmentation

    Carlos Escudé

    Chapter Eleven:Regions of History: The International Congress for the Defense of Culture, Paris 1935

    Susanne Zepp

    Chapter Twelve: The Role of Translatio/n in the Constitution of Community (Regional) Identities: The Interdependence of Europe and Latin America

    Michael Roessner

    Chapter Thirteen: How the Ethiopians Changed their Skin: The Orient, Africa, and their Diasporas

    Steven Kaplan

    Chapter Fourteen: Conclusions: Imagining, Perceiving, Constructing, Explaining, and Understanding RegionsGalia Press-Barnathan, Ruth Fine, and Arie M. Kacowicz


    Galia Press-Barnathan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

    Ruth Fine is Salomon and Victoria Cohen Professor in Iberian and Latin American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where she acted as Director of the European Forum and of the Institute of Western Cultures.

    Arie M. Kacowicz is Professor of International Relations and the Chaim Weizmann Chair in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.