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What is California Studies? Answers from the California Studies Association

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A new page has been posted on the California Studies Association’s website addressing the question, “What is California Studies.”  The page includes links to various reports about California Studies, including the foundational 1998 report on California Studies in the State University system , by Jeff Lustig.

On the webpage, Prof. Richard Walker writes, in part:

The problem is no more or less than the study of, say, ‘The United States’ or ‘France’. These are places, but they are taken as givens because they are nation-states. No one doubts that there is good reason to study them. California is only a subnational state & region. Yet some regions, like the American South, have a long and distinguished tradition of historiography and regional studies, without being national states. Why can’t California?

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