Recent scholarship in International Relations (IR) has started to study the meaning and implications of a non-Western world. With this comes the need for a new paradigm of IR theory that is more global, open, inclusive, and able to capture the voices and experiences of both Western and non-Western worlds.
This book investigates why Africa has been marginalised in IR discipline and theory and how this issue can be addressed in the context of the emerging Global IR paradigm. To have relevance for Africa, a new IR theory needs to be more inclusive, intellectually negotiated and holistically steeped in the African context. In this innovative volume, each author takes a critical look at existing IR paradigms and offers a unique perspective based on the African experience. Following on from Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan’s work, Non-Western International Relations Theory, it develops and advances non-Western IR theory and the idea of Global IR.
This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of African politics, international relations, IR theory and comparative politics.
1 Africa in Global International Relations: Emerging Approaches to Theory and Practice, An Introduction Paul-Henri Bischoff Kwesi Aning and Amitav Acharya 2 A Critique of Failing International Relations Theories in African Tests Ahmed Salem 3 Feminist IR and the study of Africa: (still) together on the theoretical margins? Heidi Hudson 4 Disciplining the Developing World? Perspectives from a South African IR Candice Moore 5 Soft balancing among African weak states: A challenge to Realists International Relations Theory Leslie Blaauw 6 Africa in international relations: agent, bystander or victim? Jo-Ansie van Wyck 7 An Emerging, Established or Receding Normative Agent? Probing the African Union’s Recent Response to and Intervention in Libya Gerrie Swart 8 Africanizing the international and internationalizing Africa: security, war on terror and Mali Kwesi Aning and Nancy Annan 9 Bridging the Gap: The Pan-African School and International Relations Theory Tim Murithi
The African Politics and International Relations series seeks to provide readers with a conceptual and comparative perspective on transformations associated with the rise of Africa in international relations and within the global economy. The series explores the empirical and theoretical implications of the engagement of both old and new players, the redefinition of the continent's politics, socio-economic transitions and changing patterns of region-building, both within Africa and with the global South. The series, through its focus on the reappraisal of the role and conception of African agency, seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive, accessible, and insightful treatment of issues that challenge conventional understandings and representations of Africa.