1st Edition

Constructing a Chinese School of International Relations Ongoing Debates and Sociological Realities

Edited By Yongjin Zhang, Teng-Chi Chang Copyright 2016
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume offers arguably the first systemic and critical assessment of the debates about and contestations to the construction of a putative Chinese School of IR as sociological realities in the context of China’s rapid rise to a global power status.

    Contributors to this volume scrutinize a particular approach to worlding beyond the West as a conscious effort to produce alternative knowledge in an increasingly globalized discipline of IR. Collectively, they grapple with the pitfalls and implications of such intellectual creativity drawing upon local traditions and concerns, knowledge claims, and indigenous sources for the global production of knowledge of IR. They also consider critically how such assertions of Chinese voices and articulation of their ambition for theoretical innovation from the disciplinary margins contribute to the emergence of a Global IR as a truly inclusive discipline that recognizes its multiple and diverse foundations.

    Reflecting the varied perspectives of both the active participants in the Chinese School of IR debates within China and the observers and critics outside China, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of IR theory, Non-Western IR and Chinese Studies.

    Introduction: The Making of Chinese International Theory? Yongjin Zhang and Teng-Chi Chang  Part I Ongoing Debates 1. What’s in a Name? A Critical Interrogation of the "Chinese School of IR" L. H. M. Ling  2. The ‘Chinese School’ Debate: Personal Reflections REN Xiao 3. Why Is There No Chinese IR Theory? A Cultural Perspective WANG Yiwei and HAN Xueqing  4. The Rise of China and Chinese IR Theories: Practice and Theory- Building Weixing Hu  5. Debating the Chinese School of IR: A Reflective Review from Taiwan Teng-Chih Chang  6. Mapping the World from a Chinese Perspective? The Debate on Constructing an IR Theory with Chinese Characteristics Nele Noesselt  Part II Towards Sociological Realities  7. The English and Chinese Schools of International Relations: Comparison and Lessons WANG Jiangli and Barry Buzan  8. Navigating the Core-Periphery Structures of ‘Global’ IR: Dialogues and Audiences for the Chinese School as Travelling Theory Peter Marcus Kristensen  9. The Tsinghua Approach and the Future Direction of Chinese International Relations Research XU Jin and SUN Xuefeng  10. Balance of Relationship as Chinese School of IR: Being Simultaneously Confucian, Post-Western, and Post-Hegemonic Chih-yu Shih and Chiung-Chiu Huang  11. Constructing a Chinese School of IR as Sociological Reality --Intellectual Engagement and Knowledge Production Yongjin Zhang  Conclusion. Constructing a Chinese School(s) of IR and Its Intellectual Discontent Hun Joon Kim


    Yongjin Zhang is Professor of International Politics at the University of Bristol. He holds currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and is working on a research project International Relations in Ancient China: Ideas, Institutions and Law.

    Teng-chi Chang is an associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. He specializes in China’s Foreign Policy and History, Theories of International Relations, Chinese Communist Ideology and Politics, Cross-Straits Relations and Classical Theories of Sociology.