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From Utopian One-worldism to Geopolitical Intergovernmentalism: UNESCO's Department of Social Sciences as an International Boundary Organization, 1946-1955
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5026-2795
2017 (English)In: Serendipities: Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences, ISSN 2521-0947, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 148-182Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a new coordinating organization in the rapidly expanding international field of post-World War II social science, UNESCO’s Department of Social Sciences (SSD), set up in 1946, played a central role. This article explores the formation of the SSD during its first decade with a special focus on its organizational aspects. By conceptualizing the SSD as an “international boundary organization”, the article analyzes the organizational structuration of agency spaces on different levels – within SSD, in relation to UNESCO and to the UN system at large – as well as over time. As a result, the article discerns four phases, distinguished by organizational changes, under which the SSD was successively transformed from a relatively independent transnational organization, which shared the utopian vision of one-worldism, to an intergovernmental organization considerably more vulnerable to external geopolitical pressures.

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Graz: Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz , 2017. Vol. 2, no 2, p. 148-182
Keywords [en]
UNESCO, Department of Social Sciences, international boundary organization, organizational structuration, agency space
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145192DOI: 10.25364/11.2:2017.2.1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-145192DiVA, id: diva2:1184896
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Alva Myrdal och samhällsvetenskapernas internationella organisering
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P12-0273Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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