The Domestication of Worldwide Policy Models


This paper discusses the implementation of exogenous policy models by nation-states in the light of the domestication framework. It is concluded that a nation-state can be considered as a local place, or even as some kind of machine that produces contexts for people’s activities. With its standardized practices the nation-state tends to homogenise different neighbourhoods and make them translocal. However, the isomorphic development of separate nation-states does not mean that all national features are gradually disappearing from the world. Cultural differences are continuously produced and reproduced in the social processes triggered by individuals and social groups negotiating changing contexts, whether the changes are due to the world market, adaptive policy models or any other intervention.


interstate system, translocal, nation-state, domestication, worldwide policy models

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Alasuutari, P., (2009) “The Domestication of Worldwide Policy Models”, Ethnologia Europaea 39(1), 66-71. doi:

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Pertti Alasuutari (University of Tampere)



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