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International Relations and the Problem of Difference

ISBN 9780415946384
Published December 30, 2003 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

International Relations and the Problem of Difference has developed out of the sense that IR as a discipline does not assess the quality of cultural interactions that shape, and are shaped by, the changing structures and processes of the international system. In this work, the authors re-imagine IR as a uniquely placed site for the study of differences as organized explicitly around the exploration of the relation of wholes and parts and sameness and difference-and always the one in relation to the other.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Part I: Difference in the Constitution of IR 1. The Westphalian Deferral 2. Intimate Indians 3. IR and the Inner Life of Modernization Theory Part. II: Studies in Difference and Contemporary IR 4. IPE as a Culture of Competition 5. Towards an Ethnological IPE 6. Multiple and Overlapping Sovereignties Epilogue

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David L. Blaney is Associate Professor of Political Science at Macalester College and Executive Committee Member of the ISA.
Naeem Inayatullah is Assistant Professor of Politics at Ithaca College.


"This is more than a good book-it is an astonishingly good book-beautifully written, persuasively argued an intellectual tour de force in the best sense. It is a treat and a voyage of discovery to read, a wonderful example of critical theory and very probably a modern classic." -- Yale H. Ferguson, Rutgers University