The volume provides a field-analytical methodology for researching knowledge-based sociopolitical processes of transnationalization. Drawing on seminal work by Pierre Bourdieu, we apply concepts of practice, habitus, and field to phenomena such as cross-national social trajectories, international procedures of evaluation, standardization, and certification, or supranational political structures. These transnational phenomena form part of general political struggles that legitimate social relationships in and beyond the nation-state.

Part 1 on methodological foundations discusses the consequences of Bourdieu’s epistemology and methodology for theorizing and investigating transnational phenomena. The contributions show the importance of field-theoretical concepts for post-national insights. Part 2 on investigating political fields presents exemplary case studies in diverse research areas such as colonial imperialism, international academic rankings, European policy fields, and local school policy. While focusing on their research objects, the contributions also give an insight into the mechanisms involved in processes of transnationalization.

The volume is an invitation for sociologists, political scientists, and scholars in adjacent research areas to engage with reflexive and relational research practice and to further develop field-theoretical thought.

chapter Chapter 1|33 pages

How to chart transnational fields

Introduction to a methodology for a political sociology of knowledge*
ByChristian Schmidt-Wellenburg, Stefan Bernhard

part Part 1|104 pages

Methodological foundations

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

How many fields can stand on the point of a pin?

Methodological notes on reflexivity, the sociological craft, and field analysis*
ByNiilo Kauppi

chapter Chapter 3|24 pages

Adjusting a Bourdieusian approach to the study of transnational fields

Transversal practices and state (trans)formations related to intelligence and surveillance
ByDidier Bigo

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

National, international, transnational, and global fields

Theoretical clarifications and methodological implications
ByAndreas Schmitz, Daniel Witte

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

The post-national analysis of fields*

ByMonika Krause

chapter Chapter 6|26 pages

European elites as (a) field(s)

Reflections on the uses of prosopography and geometric data analysis based on three joint surveys of transnational objects
ByFrédéric Lebaron

part Part II|118 pages

Investigating political fields

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Global change

A field theory perspective on the end of empire*
ByJulian Go

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

The double function of rankings

Consecration and dispositif in transnational academic fields
ByJulian Hamann, Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

A weak field of social policy?

A transnational perspective on the EEC's social policymaking (from the 1940s to the 1970s)
ByKarim Fertikh

chapter Chapter 10|23 pages

The rise of a European field of evidence-based education

ByTomas Marttila

chapter Chapter 11|21 pages

The Euro crisis dispositif

Heterogeneous positioning strategies in polycentric fields
ByJens Maesse

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Tracing “the transnational” in the nationalization of school policy

The transformation of standards-based reform in the United States *
BySigrid Hartong