224 pages | 6 B/W Illus.
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.
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
The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.