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Globalization and war: four paradigmatic views

Author(s): Kavous Ardalan

Journal: Transcience : a Journal of Global Studies
ISSN 2191-1150

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 18;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: globalization | war | paradigms | radical humanism | radical structuralism

Any adequate analysis of globalization and war necessarily requires fundamental understanding of the worldviews underlying the views expressed with respect to globalization and war. This paper is based on the premise that any worldview can be associated with one of the four basic paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist, and radical structuralist. It argues that any view expressed with respect to globalization and war is based on one of the four paradigms or worldviews. This paper takes the case of globalization and war and discusses such relationship from four different viewpoints, each of which corresponds to one of the four broad worldviews. The paper emphasizes that the four views expressed are equally scientific and informative; they look at the phenomenon from their certain paradigmatic viewpoint; and together they provide a more balanced understanding of the phenomenon under consideration.
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