Bayat’s essay examines the divide between area studies and the social science disciplines. A truly productive engagement with and critical reflection on the social sciences, Bayat argues, is possible only by intimate area knowledge, wide perspectives, a comparative lens, and a search for meaningful knowledge directed at human emancipation.
Asef Bayat; Areas and Ideas. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 December 2013; 33 (3): 260–263. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-2378040
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