This exciting new text brings together in one volume an overview of the many reflections on how we might address the problems and limitations of a state-centred approach in the discipline of International Relations (IR).
The book is structured into chapters on key concepts, with each providing an introduction to the concept for those new to the field of critical politics - including undergraduate and postgraduate students - as well as drawing connections between concepts and thinkers that will be provocative and illuminating for more established researchers in the field. They give an overview of core ideas associated with the concept; the critical potential of the concept; and key thinkers linked to the concept, seeking to address the following questions:
How has the concept traditionally been understood?
How has the concept come to be understood in critical thinking?
How is the concept used in interrogating the limits of state centrism?
What different possibilities for engaging with international relations have been envisioned through the concept?
Why are such possibilities for alternative thinking about international relations important?
What are some key articles and volumes related to the concept which readers can go for further research?
Drawing together some of the key thinkers in the field of critical International Relations and including both established and emerging academics located in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, this book is a key resource for students and scholars alike.
Aoileann Ni Mhurchu is a lecturer in international politics at the University of Manchester. She conducts research on intergenerational migration, citizenship and hybridity. Her principle interest is in the changing nature of political identity and belonging in the context of increasing global migration. Reiko Shindo is a teaching fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She conducts research on migrant activism and diaspora politics. Her principal interest is in examining various forms of resistance and investigating how they are transforming the boundary of the political community.
1. Introduction: Being Critical and Imaginative in International Relations AOILEANN NI MHURCHU and REIKO SHINDO 2. Borders NICK VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS 3. Citizenship PETER NYERS and ZEINA SLEIMAN 4. Community LAURA BRACE 5.Creativity CHRISTINE SYLVESTER 6. Difference DAVID L. BLANEY and NAEEM INAYATULLAH 7. Globalisation V. SPIKE PETERSON 8. Knowledge Practice AOILEANN NI MHURCHU 9. Law ANDREJA ZEVNIK 10. Narrative CAROLINA MOULIN 11. Power RITA ABRAHAMSEN 12. Resistance REIKO SHINDO 13. Sovereignty JENS BARTELSON 14. Space JOHN AGNEW 15. Subjectivity SHIERA S. el-MALIK 16. Technology BENJAMIN J. MULLER 17. Theory CHING-CHANG CHEN and YUNG CHUL CHO 18. Time TOM LUNDBORG