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      World society and field theory: The infiltration of development into humanitarianism

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      The British Journal of Sociology
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      development, diffusion, field theory, humanitarianism, world society

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          Differentiated modern society is commonly viewed as an aggregation of various fields, yet the question of their boundaries is often a silent one. This article builds on this lacuna to argue that cultural globalization should be acknowledged and added to the equation. Drawing from two distinct branches of the sociology of knowledge, Bourdieusian field theory and Meyer’s world society, an integrative approach is presented here. It rests on three propositions: scriptwriting is related to fields; script may be diffused into other fields; and a global taken for granted can emerge. With an eye toward the humanitarian‐development nexus, the article examines the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (established in 1950). Utilizing archival materials, changes the organization underwent, and the transfer of knowledge from the development field are documented. The article argues that resistance to the diffusion of social knowledge may occur, but some shared understanding is nonetheless gained.

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                Contributors
                rotem002@umn.edu
                Journal
                Br J Sociol
                Br J Sociol
                10.1111/(ISSN)1468-4446
                BJOS
                The British Journal of Sociology
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                0007-1315
                1468-4446
                22 February 2022
                March 2022
                : 73
                : 2 ( doiID: 10.1111/bjos.v73.2 )
                : 402-420
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Department of Sociology University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota USA
                Author notes
                [*] [* ] Correspondence

                Nir Rotem, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 909 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.

                Email: rotem002@ 123456umn.edu

                Author information
                https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6889-2832
                Article
                BJOS12932 BJOS-2640.R2
                10.1111/1468-4446.12932
                9303174
                35191534
                3cbbcd49-4e6f-4269-bcf7-5403546f7db9
                © 2022 The Authors. The British Journal of Sociology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of London School of Economics and Political Science.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

                History
                : 30 January 2022
                : 30 May 2021
                : 04 February 2022
                Page count
                Figures: 0, Tables: 1, Pages: 19, Words: 11291
                Funding
                Funded by: This research was supported by a College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship, University of Minnesota , doi 10.13039/100011239;
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