Sahan Savas Karatasli is Recipient of 2014 Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award

The Arrighi Center would like to congratulate one of its post-docs, Sahan Savas Karatasli, for winning this year’s Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award from the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. The selection committee, in announcing their award, wrote:

“Savas Karatasli’s dissertation, “Financial Expansions, Hegemonic Transitions, and Nationalism: A Longue Durée Analysis Of State-Seeking Nationalist Movements”, engages with the literature on nationalism and Arrighi’s world-system analysis to solve several puzzles. Whereas the main theories addressing the long-run dynamics of nationalism predict that nationalism will continue to decline, Karatasli argues that if we lengthen the temporal horizon of the analysis, a series of consecutive overlapping inverted U-shaped curves come into focus over the course of the last millennium. Karatasli argues that state-seeking nationalist movements on a world-scale were intertwined with systemic cycles of accumulation, tending to rise during periods of financial expansion and world hegemonic rivalry and decline during periods of material expansion and world-hegemonic consolidation. He shows how the central demands made by nationalist movements have changed in response to changes in the prevalent state-building strategies (and vice-versa). For example, the Iberian-Genoese state-building strategy that depended on mobilizing state power around religious identity provoked a wave of state-seeking movements by minority religious groups seeking religious freedom, which in turn shaped state-building strategies in the following century.”