International Relations have rarely been considered a synthesis of humanistic and social sciences approaches to understand the complex connections of a global, and globalizing, world. One of the few scholars to have accomplished this creative blend was Hayward R. Alker.
Alker and IR presents a set of visionary and original essays from scholars who have been profoundly influenced by Alker's approach to global studies. They build on the foundation he laid, demonstrating the practicality and usefulness of ethically grounded, theoretically informed and interdisciplinary research for producing knowledge. They show how substantive boundaries can be crossed and methodological rules rewritten in the search for a deeper, more contextualized approach to global politics.
This book will be of interest to researchers and students of international relations and global politics.
Table of Contents
About the Authors Acknowledgements 1. Introduction - Renée Marlin-Bennett and Thomas J. Biersteker 2. Human Nature and World Politics: Ecce Hayward Alker's Homo Politicus as Homo Humanitatis - Neta C. Crawford 3. On the Nature of Empirical Evidence - Renée Marlin-Bennett 4. A Fairy Tale of Science: Playing with Hayward Alker - L.H.M. Ling 5. Arguing Gender and International Relations: A Dialectical-Hermeneutical Approach - Laura Sjoberg 6. World Orders in Central Asia - Tahir Amin 7. Dialectics of Civilizations: A Cosmic Perspective - Heikki Patomäki 8. "Modern Order/Disorder": Notes for a Future Archeologist - Nicholas Onuf 9. Two Dilemmas of Democracy in the 21st Century - Ijaz Shafi Gilani 10. Alkerian Reformulations of Metaphor and IR - Eric M. Blanchard 11. Authentic Methods for Emancipatory Peace Research: Alker’s Legacy in Relatus and Pragmatic Analysis - Gavan Duffy 12. "Hi-Tech Hermeneutics": Combining Rigor and Alternative Epistemologies of Social Science - David Sylvan Afterword - J. Ann Tickner
Renée Marlin-Bennett is Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Food Fights: International Regimes and the Politics of Agricultural Trade Disputes (published by Routledge) and Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information, and Privacy.