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International Relations Scholarship Around the World

1st Edition

Edited by Arlene B. Tickner, Ole Wæver


354 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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It has become widely accepted that the discipline of International Relations (IR) is ironically not "international" at all. IR scholars are part of a global discipline with a single, shared object of study - the world, and yet theorizing gravitates around a number of concepts that have been conceived solely in the United States.

The purpose of this book is to re-balance this "western bias" by examining the ways in which IR has evolved and is practiced around the world. The fifteen case studies offer fresh insights into the political and socioeconomic environments that characterize diverse geocultural sites and the ways in which these traits inform and condition scholarly activity in International Relations.

By bringing together scholars living and working across the globe Tickner and Wæver provide the most comprehensive analysis of IR ever published.

It is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the history, development and future of international relations.


"This is an excellent collection of reviews of the state of the subject of International Relations in 16 areas of the world. As such it is the most comprehensive survey of how international relations is studied around the world. Usually, the subject of International Relations is studied from within a dominant framework, based on the theories and approaches found in the United States; this book is the first detailed attempt to look at how the rest of the world thinks about international relations. This incredibly important collection of essays paints a sophisticated picture of the construction of the discipline of International relations. The 16 case studies are set in a context by excellent introductory and concluding chapters. Wæver and Tickner have produced the best review of how international relations is studied throughout the world. This is an invaluable book for anyone interested in the discipline of International Relations, how it is dominated by a US literature, and what alternatives exist in other parts of the world for understanding contemporary world politics." - Professor Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter, UK

For a discipline that calls itself international, it is remarkable how little attention has been paid by International Relations to scholarship outside the United States and Europe. Long overdue, this important book offers the first comprehensive view of the IR discipline on a global scale. The thoughtful and carefully considered case studies, written by scholars, all of whom live in the areas about which they write, ask what is the meaning of "theory" and the "international" in the various locales from which they speak. This book is essential reading for all IR scholars and their students who aspire to a truly global perspective on our discipline. - J. Ann Tickner, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Geocultural Epistemologies Arlene B. Tickner and Ole Wæver 2. Latin America: Still Policy Dependant after all these Years? Arlene B. Tickner 3. South Africa: Between History and a Hard Place Maxi Schoeman 4. Africa: Teaching IR Where its Not Supposed to Be Cirino Hiteng Ofuho 5. Japan, Korea and Taiwan: Are One Hundred Flowers about to Bloom? Takashi Inoguchi 6. China: Between Copying and Constructing Yiwei Wang 7. Southeast Asia: Theory and Praxis in International Relations See Seng Tan 8. South Asia: A "Realist" Past and Alternative Futures Navnita Chadha Behera 9. Iran: Accomplishments and Limitations in IR Mahmood Sariolghalam 10. Arab World Baghat Korany and Karim Makidisi 11. Israel: The Development of a Discipline in a Unique Setting Arie M. Kacowicz 12. Turkey: Towards Homebrown Theorizing and Building a Disciplinary Community Ersel Aydinli and Julie Mathews 13. Russia: IR at a Cross-Road Alexander Sergounin 14. Central and Eastern Europe: Between Continuity and Change Petr Drulak, Jans Karlas and Lucie Konigova 15.Western Europe: Structure and Strategy at the National and Regional Levels Jorg Freidrichs and Ole Wæver 16. The "Crimson World": The Anglo Core, the Post-Imperial Non-Core, and the Hegemony of American IR Wayne S. Cox and Kim Richard Nossal 17. The Parochialism of Hegemony: Challenges for "American" International Relations Tom J. Biersteker 18. Conclusion: Worlding Where the West Once Was Arlene B. Tickner and Ole Wæver

About the Editors

Arlene B. Tickner is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department of the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

Ole Wæver is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Director of the recently created Centre for Advanced Security Theory.

About the Series

Worlding Beyond the West

Historically, the International Relations (IR) discipline has established its boundaries, issues, and theories based upon Western experience and traditions of thought. This series explores the role of geocultural factors, institutions, and academic practices in creating the concepts, epistemologies, and methodologies through which IR knowledge is produced. This entails identifying alternatives for thinking about the "international" that are more in tune with local concerns and traditions outside the West. But it also implies provincializing Western IR and empirically studying the practice of producing IR knowledge at multiple sites within the so-called ‘West’.

We welcome book proposals in areas such as:

  • Critiques of Western-centric scholarship and policy-making.
  • The emergence of new theories and approaches from ‘the periphery’.
  • The challenges for the discipline at large in accommodating its post-Western phase, and the political and ethical dilemmas involved in this.
  • Concrete studies of the results of approaching issues and agendas in ‘the periphery’ with the tools offered by core thinking.
  • Work by scholars from the non-West about local, national, regional or global issues, reflecting on the importance of different perspectives and of geocultural epistemologies.
  • Studies of ‘travelling theory’ – how approaches, concepts and theories get modified, re-casted and translated in different contexts.
  • The meaning and evolution of major concepts in particular regions, such as security thinking, concepts of globalisation and power, understandings of ‘economy’ and ‘development’ or other key categories in particular regions.
  • The sociology of the discipline in different places – with a focus on a country, a region, on specific research communities/schools, subfields, or on specific institutions such as academic associations, journals, foundations or think tanks.
  • Empirical studies of epistemic practices and the conditions of knowledge production in different Western and non-Western locales and sites.
  • Studies of the interaction between different knowledge producers, such as processes of expertise or the dialogue between intellectuals, academics, bureaucrats and policy elites.

Series Editors: Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, David Blaney, Macalester College, USA and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Founding Editor: Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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