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JESUS, Diego Santos Vieira de. Toward theorizing beyond the state: the two-fold procedure of denaturalization and providing temporality. Rev. Sociol. Polit. [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.32, pp.51-69. ISSN 1678-9873.

This purpose of this article is to explain why a two fold procedure of denaturalization and providing temporality offers the first step toward a new type of theorizing. We refer to the dissolution of notions of authority and identity of the State and the re-definition of the problem of the international political order, as well as identifying alternative approaches that pursue the course offered by this two-fold procedure within recent debates on political theory and theories of international relations. The central hypothesis whose correctness we intend to verify here is that this twofold procedure of denaturalization and providing temporality (time-boundedness) allows the simultaneous destabilization of the internal segments that strengthen the State and differentiate it as a locus of authority counterposed to apolitical forces of domestic society and of the external divisions that distinguish it from similar international entities. Through this destabilization, Statist interpretations of authority are problematized and discussions on the international political order are re-defined, creating new matrixes and renewing our understanding of the political. Alternative forms of organizing space can thereby be thought up, on the basis of appreciation of difference as a means for self-reflection and social critique, and perspectives that consider the inconsistencies and ambivalence of State practices and that question State control over spaces and bodies, in favor of the preservation of their ontological and practical status, can be developed.

Keywords : Political Theory; International Relations Theory; Post-modern Theory; State; denaturalization; temporalization.

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