International Relations (IR), as a discipline, is a western dominated enterprise. This has led to calls to broaden the scope and vision of the discipline by embracing a wider range of histories, experiences, and theoretical perspectives – particularly those outside the Anglo-American core of the West. The ongoing ‘broadening IR projects’ – be they ‘non-Western IR’, ‘post-Western IR’, or ‘Global IR’ – are making contributions in this regard. However, some careful thinking is needed here in that these attempts could also lead to a national or regional ‘inwardness’ that works to reproduce the very parochialism that is being challenged.
The main intellectual concerns of this edited volume are problematising Western parochialism in IR; giving theoretical and epistemological substance to pluralism in the field of IR based on both Western and non-Western thoughts and experiences; and working out ways to move the discipline of IR one step closer to a dialogic community. A key issue that cuts across all contributions in the volume is to go beyond both parochialism and fragmentation in international studies. In order to address the manifold and contested implications of pluralism in in the field of IR, the volume draws on the wealth of experience and research of prominent and emerging IR scholars whose contributions make up the work, with a mixture of theoretical analysis and case studies.
This book will appeal to scholars and students interested in Global IR and promoting dialogue in a pluralist IR.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements List of contributors Introduction Chapter 1. Opening up the debate over ‘non-Western’ International Relations Chapter 2. When balance of power meets globalization Chapter 3. Three-ness: Healing world politics with epistemic compassion Chapter 4. Relational ontology and the politics of boundary-making: East Asian financial regionalism Chapter 5. Bringing the outside in: The limits of theoretical fragmentation and pluralism in IR theory Chapter 6. Globalising IR through dialogue Chapter 7. Global emotion studies in IR: Embracing non-Western voices Index
Yong-Soo Eun is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Hanyang University, South Korea, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge series, IR Theory and Practice in Asia. Yong-Soo is broadly interested in International Relations (IR) theory, pluralism in social and international studies, emotion studies in IR, and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of Pluralism and Engagement in the Discipline of International Relations (2016), and the co-editor of Regionalizing Global Crises (2014). His work has also been published in Review of International Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and The Chinese Journal of International Politics, among other venues.