Arab regionalism details and examines the power relations involved in the making of an Arab region.
On an empirical level, this book concentrates on the drawing of topographic and ideational boundaries in the Arab region, on Arab regional organizations, on the functional cooperation among Arab states and institutions, and on the socio-cultural infra-structure that supports the Arab region making process, with a strong focus on post-1990 dynamics. On a theoretical level, this work makes a case for the analytical autonomy of "Arab" regionalism (as opposed to regionalism in the Middle East or in the Mediterranean) and for the necessity of approaching it as an actual process instead of a failed project. The attitude of debasement and erasure towards Arab regionalism that is common-place in the field of regional studies is replaced in this book for the acknowledgment that there is much more political coordination, economic cooperation and social integration in the Arab region than has previously been assumed.
Providing a fresh perspective on Arab regionalism, this book will be an essential resource for scholars and researchers with an interest in Regionalism, Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Differenet Approaches to Regionalism in IR 2 The Power-Knowledge Nexus in Region Making 3 Drawing Borders of Meaning in the Arab Region 4 The Political Economy of Arab Regionalism I 5 The Political Economy of Arab Regionalism II 6 Moving Across the Arab Region 7 Unity in Diversity in the Arab(ic) Public Sphere Conclusion
Silvia Ferabolli is Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, UniRitter Laureate International Universities. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and her research focuses on intra-Arab politics.
"Arab regionalism: A post-structural perspective represents a meticulously researched contribution to the regionalism literature which challenges convictions, represents a thought-provoking impulse for new research, and enhances our understanding of Arab regionalism through a contextualized approach where local agency is highlighted."
Global Affairs pages 352-354, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2015