The modern discipline of International Relations (IR) is largely an Anglo-American social science. It has been concerned mainly with the powerful states and actors in the global political economy and dominated by North American and European scholars. However, this focus can be seen as Eurocentrism. Decolonizing International Relations exposes the ways in which IR has consistently ignored questions of colonialism, imperialism, race, slavery, and dispossession in the non-European world. Critical scholars in IR and international law, concerned with the need to decolonize knowledge, have authored the chapters of this important volume. It will appeal to students and scholars of international relations, international law, and political economy, as well as those with a special interest in the politics of knowledge, postcolonial critique, international and regional historiography, and comparative politics.
Branwen Gruffydd Jones is lecturer in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds.
Introduction: International Relations, Eurocentrism, and Imperialism Part I: Eurocentric Origins and Limits Chapter 1: International Relations as the Imperial Illusion; or, the Need to Decolonize IR Chapter 2: International Relations Theory and the Hegemony of Western Conceptions of Modernity Chapter 3: Liberalism, Islam, and International Relations Part II: The Colonial and Racial Constitution of the International Chapter 4: Race, Amnesia, and the Education of International Relations Chapter 5: Decolonizing the Concept of "Good Governance" Chapter 6: Dispossession through International Law: Iraq in Historical and Comparative Context Part III: Toward Decolonized Knowledge of the World and the International Chapter 7: Beyond the Imperial Narrative: African Political Historiography Revisited Chapter 8: Mind, Body, and Gut! Elements of a Postcolonial Human Rights Discourse Chapter 9: Retrieving "Other" Visions of the Future: Sri Aurobindo and the Idea of Human Unity Conclusion: Decolonizing IR: Imperatives, Possibilities, and Limitations