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Michael Saward

How can we theorize about democracy? We can identify the major topics that form the focus of democratic theorists (and others traversing the field), such as democracy’s meaning and value. This article focuses on the methodological lenses through which the topics have been and can be viewed. Different lenses bring into focus different phenomena, questions, and problems of democracy. It is argued that the lenses that bring conventional democratic theory approaches into view can provide an unnecessarily narrow and restrictive perspective. Donning different methodological lenses can introduce alternative perspectives, such as renewed attention to value pluralism and the “everyday.” The article sketches four “circles” that capture different potential types of and sources for theoretical work, some of them radically unconventional. It concludes by discussing the specific example of how methods and assumptions of design theory can prompt promising new approaches to theorizing about democracy.

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Several important facets of Sartre’s work are exemplified in this issue of Sartre Studies International: on the one hand, the range and variety of his intellectual and literary achievements (methodological innovation, political intervention, amorous discourse and theatrical exploration); on the other, his interactions with other key intellectuals (specifically, Lefebvre, Camus and de Beauvoir) that were the source of a productive and challenging re-evaluation and reassessment.

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Introduction

A Focus on the History of Concepts

Eirini Goudarouli

articles that follow derive their case studies from different historiographical traditions, are focused on different historical contexts, and are addressed to different audiences. However, all three draw their theoretical and methodological innovation from

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Virginia García Acosta

Environmental Security in Cross-border Regions: Multidisciplinary approaches in Latin America”), 2014 (“Political, Societal and Regional Change: Conceptual and Methodological Innovations”) y 2017 (“Desarrollo sostenible integrado y coherente”). En todos ellos se

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Sharing Images, Spoiling Meanings?

Class, Gender, and Ethics in Visual Research with Girls

Janet Fink and Helen Lomax

: Penguin . Brady , Geraldine , and Geraldine Brown . 2013 . “ Rewarding but Let’s Talk About the Challenges: Using Arts Based Methods in Research With Young Mothers .” Methodological Innovations Online 8 , no 1 : 99 – 112 . 10.4256/mio.2013

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Creative Intelligence and the Cold War

US Military Investments in the Concept of Creativity, 1945–1965

Bregje F. Van Eekelen

methodological innovation for the social sciences—it figures marginally if at all in surveys of disciplinary knowledges—nor is it known as a locus where particular modes of knowledge production for the social sciences were developed. This article traces how one

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Annabel Brett, Fabian Steininger, Tobias Adler-Bartels, Juan Pablo Scarfi, and Jan Surman

an Interdisciplinary Conceptual History” (2008–2019). 3 While the authors hold back on theoretical discussions, which would also hardly be manageable limited as they are by the number of pages for each contributions, some methodological innovations

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Klaus Berghahn, Russell Dalton, Jason Verber, Robert Tobin, Beverly Crawford, and Jeffrey Luppes

way ahead in terms of methodological innovations, but leads by example. Especially noteworthy amongst the interventions contained within its pages are those into our understanding of sex in the colonies (Walther), identity (McCullers, amongst others

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Race and the Micropolitics of Mobility

Mobile Autoethnography on a South African Bus Service

Bradley Rink

Merriman signals a note of caution when pursuing methodological innovation in what Sheller and Urry consider the “new mobilities paradigm,” as he warns against the abandonment of tradition methods of social science research in favor of what may be regarded

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Max Stille

step toward reducing these tensions and working toward a global approach would be for conceptual historians working on different regions to take account of the theoretical and methodological innovations accomplished by scholars working on other, in this