1st Edition

Critical Imaginations in International Relations

Edited By Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Reiko Shindo Copyright 2016
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    This exciting new text brings together in one volume an overview of the many reflections on how we might address the problems and limitations of a state-centred approach in the discipline of International Relations (IR).

    The book is structured into chapters on key concepts, with each providing an introduction to the concept for those new to the field of critical politics – including undergraduate and postgraduate students – as well as drawing connections between concepts and thinkers that will be provocative and illuminating for more established researchers in the field. They give an overview of core ideas associated with the concept; the critical potential of the concept; and key thinkers linked to the concept, seeking to address the following questions:

    • How has the concept traditionally been understood?
    • How has the concept come to be understood in critical thinking?
    • How is the concept used in interrogating the limits of state centrism?
    • What different possibilities for engaging with international relations have been envisioned through the concept?
    • Why are such possibilities for alternative thinking about international relations important?
    • What are some key articles and volumes related to the concept which readers can go for further research?

    Drawing together some of the key thinkers in the field of critical International Relations and including both established and emerging academics located in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, this book is a key resource for students and scholars alike.

    1. Introduction: Being Critical and Imaginative in International Relations AOILEANN NÍ MHURCHÚ and REIKO SHINDO 2. Borders NICK VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS 3. Citizenship PETER NYERS and ZEINA SLEIMAN 4. Community LAURA BRACE 5.Creativity CHRISTINE SYLVESTER 6. Difference DAVID L. BLANEY and NAEEM INAYATULLAH 7. Globalisation V. SPIKE PETERSON 8. Knowledge Practice AOILEANN NÍ MHURCHÚ 9. Law ANDREJA ZEVNIK 10. Narrative CAROLINA MOULIN 11. Power RITA ABRAHAMSEN 12. Resistance REIKO SHINDO 13. Sovereignty JENS BARTELSON 14. Space JOHN AGNEW 15. Subjectivity SHIERA S. el-MALIK 16. Technology BENJAMIN J. MULLER 17. Theory CHING-CHANG CHEN and YUNG CHUL CHO 18. Time TOM LUNDBORG


    Aoileann Ní Mhurchú is a lecturer in international politics at the University of Manchester. She conducts research on intergenerational migration, citizenship and hybridity. Her principle interest is in the changing nature of political identity and belonging in the context of increasing global migration.

    Reiko Shindo is a teaching fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She conducts research on migrant activism and diaspora politics. Her principal interest is in examining various forms of resistance and investigating how they are transforming the boundary of the political community.

    'Here is a good place to start digging into today's fresh, innovative thinking in International Relations . The 16 concepts critically explored here show us why we'll all be smarter if we push the state off its lime-light-hogging center stage.' - Cynthia Enloe,Clark University, USA

    'This innovative book enables the reader to think differently about the closures and openings in international relations theory, for so long defined by the centrality of the state. By utilizing common and not-so-common themes the book succeeds in refreshing the theoretical imagination and thus provides an edifying experience for students and scholars alike.' - Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University of London, UK

    ‘This theoretically engaging and accessibly written collection of essays enriches understandings of how state-centrism limits the intellectual and political imaginations of scholars and practitioners. It is a valuable research and teaching resource for scholars in a wide range of fields, including International Relations, Critical Legal Studies, Border Studies, Citizenship Studies and Globalization Studies.' - Cynthia Weber, Sussex University, UK

    'For at least two decades, critical imaginations have insinuated themselves into the literatures of the international relations. The essays in this volume go well beyond a mere summary of that trend. An outstanding collection of authors provides the critical thinking that students of international relations will need to imagine a global world no longer quarantined within the tradition sovereignty models and power politics paradigms that have characterized the discipline’s mainstream mentality.' - Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, USA

    'International relations arguably express the conditions within which political critique has been possible and certainly affirm the urgent need for a more creative political imagination. This book engages directly with concepts and principles through which critique and imagination have been re-energised in this context. Combining serious scholarship with accessible style, practical wisdom and timely provocation, it engages with many conceptual challenges facing anyone persuaded that we live in times and spaces of dramatic transformation.' - R. B. J. Walker, University of Victoria, Canada

    'Critical Imaginations in International Relations is suitable for advanced students at all levels, but also for tenured scholars looking for ideas with which to rethink their understanding so as to find new avenues for future research. In that respect, while the edited collection wears the label “critical” in its title, it should not be segregated exclusively to the critical IR shelves of an academic library but, instead, seen as a state-of-the-art review over our discipline’s core concepts and how we utilize them in academia.' - Michael Strange, Malmö University