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Asia in International Relations

Unlearning Imperial Power Relations, 1st Edition

Edited by Pinar Bilgin, L.H.M. Ling


208 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Asia in International Relations decolonizes conventional understandings and representations of Asia in International Relations (IR). This book opens by including all those geographical and cultural linkages that constitute Asia today but are generally ignored by mainstream IR. Covering the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, the Mediterranean, Iran, the Arab world, Ethiopia, and Central-Northeast-Southeast Asia, the volume draws on rich literatures to develop our understanding of power relations in the world’s largest continent. Contributors "de-colonize", "de-imperialize", and "de-Cold War" the region to articulate an alternative narrative about Asia, world politics, and IR. This approach reframes old problems in new ways with the possibility of transforming them, rather than recycling the same old approaches with the same old "intractable" outcomes.

Table of Contents

Preface Pinar Bilgin

Introduction "Learning Anew: Asia in IR and World Politics," L.H.M. Ling


1. "Dialogue of Civilizations: A Critical Security Studies Perspective," Pinar Bilgin

2. "Cosmopolitan Disorders: Ignoring Power, Overcoming Diversity, Transcending Borders," Everita Silina

3. "Dams and ‘Green Growth’? Development Dissonance and the Transnational Percolations of Power," Payal Banerjee

4. "Latitudes of Anxieties: Bengali-Speaking Muslims and the Postcolonial State in Assam," Rafiul Ahmed



5. "The Nation-State Problematic: South Asia’s Experience," Binoda K. Mishra

6. "The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute: An Ethos of Appropriateness and China’s ‘Loss’ of Ryukyu," Ching-Chang Chen

7. "Sovereignty or Identity? The Significance of the Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands Dispute for Taiwan," Boyu Chen

8. "Stories of IR: Turkey and the Cold War," Zeynep Gulsah Capan




9. "The Postcolonial Paradox of Eastern Agency," John M. Hobson

10. "Justifying Trans-Cultural Studies," Gavan Duffy




11. "Anti-Colonial Empires: Creation of AfroAsian Spaces of Resistance," Clemens Hoffman

12. "From Territory to Travel: Metabolism, Metamorphosis, and Mutation in IR," Josuke Ikeda

13. "Empire of the Mind: Josẽ Rizal and Proto-Nationalism in the Philippines," Alan Chong

14. "The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture at the Intersection of State, Economy, and History," Jooyoun Lee

15. "Romancing Westphalia: Westphalian IR and Romance of the Three Kingdoms," L.H.M. Ling

Conclusion "Uncontained Worlds," Stephen Chan


About the Editors

Pinar Bilgin is Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

L.H.M. Ling is Professor of International Affairs at The New School, New York, NY, USA.

About the Series

Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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