Interventions

Series Editors: Jenny Edkins, Nick Vaughan-Williams

The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.

 

We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

  • Jenny Edkins (jennyedkins@hotmail.com) and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (N.Vaughan-Williams@Warwick.ac.uk).

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA

 

  • Biopolitical Disaster

    Edited by Jennifer L. Lawrence, Sarah Marie Wiebe

    This edited volume draws on the work of theorists who have used biopower as a frame of reference for their analyses in order to examine the ruinous consequences that often result from the (de)regulation of subjects through technologies of power. The volume assesses four broad biopolitical…

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  • Global Powers of Horror

    Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces

    By Francois Debrix

    Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of horror, into horror’s intricacies, and into their deployment on and through human bodies and body parts. To track horror’s work, what horror decomposes and, perhaps, recomposes, Debrix goes beyond the idea of the integrality and integrity of…

    Paperback – 2016-12-26 
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  • Asylum Seekers, Sovereignty, and the Senses of the International

    A Politico-corporeal Struggle

    By Eeva Puumala

    The confrontation between asylum seeking and sovereignty has mainly focused on ways in which the movement and possibilities of refugees and migrants are limited. In this volume, instead of departing from the practices of governance and surveillance, Puumala begins with the moving body, its…

    Hardback – 2016-12-05 
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  • Democracy Promotion as Foreign Policy

    Temporal Othering in International Relations

    By Cathy Elliott

    This book looks at democracy promotion as a form of foreign policy. Elliott asks why democracy was seen to be the answer to the 7/7 bombings in London, and why it should be promoted not in Britain, but in Pakistan? The book provides a detailed answer to these questions, examining the logic and the…

    Hardback – 2016-11-22 
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  • Ruling the Margins

    Colonial Power and Administrative Rule in the Past and Present

    By Prem Kumar Rajaram

    Administrative rule is a type of rule centered on devising and implementing regulations governing how we live and how we conduct ourselves economically and politically, and sometimes culturally. The principle feature of this type of rule is the important question about how things should be arranged…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15 
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  • Disorienting Democracy

    Politics of emancipation

    By Clare Woodford

    Drawing on recent developments in continental political thought ‘Disorienting Democracy’ rethinks democracy as a practice that can be used to counter the increasing poverty, inequality and insecurity that mark our contemporary era. In answer to concerns that the contemporary left is not strong…

    Hardback – 2016-10-11 
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  • Refugees in Extended Exile

    Living on the Edge

    By Jennifer Hyndman, Wenona Giles

    This book argues that the international refugee regime and its ‘temporary’ humanitarian interventions have failed. Most refugees across the global live in ‘protracted’ conditions that extend from years to decades, without legal status that allows them to work and establish a home. It is contended…

    Hardback – 2016-09-30 
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  • European-East Asian Borders in Translation

    Edited by Joyce C.H. Liu, Nick Vaughan-Williams

    European-East Asian Borders is an international, trans-disciplinary volume that breaks new ground in the study of borders and bordering practices in global politics. It explores the insights and limitations of border theory developed primarily in the European context to a range of historical and…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Genre and the (Post-)Communist Woman

    Analyzing Transformations of the Central and Eastern European Female Ideal

    Edited by Florentina C.Andreescu, Michael J. Shapiro

    This work is a critical intervention into the archive of female identity; it reflects on the ways in which the Central and Eastern European female ideal was constructed, represented, and embodied in communist societies and on its transformation resulting from the political, economic, and social…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Globalization, Difference, and Human Security

    Edited by Mustapha Kamal Pasha

    Globalization, Difference, and Human Security seeks to advance critical human security studies by re-framing the concept of human security in terms of the thematic of difference. Drawing together a wide range of contributors, the volume is framed, among others, around the following key questions:…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Leo Strauss and the Invasion of Iraq

    Encountering the Abyss

    By Aggie Hirst

    The political philosophy of Leo Strauss has been the subject of significant scholarly and media attention in recent years, particularly in the context of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Allegations that a group of Strauss-inspired Neo-conservatives intervened in the foreign policy…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Memory and Trauma in International Relations

    Theories, Cases and Debates

    Edited by Erica Resende, Dovile Budryte

    This work seeks to provide a comprehensive and accessible survey of the international dimension of trauma and memory and its manifestations in various cultural contexts. Drawing together contributions and case studies from scholars around the globe, the book explores the international political…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Politics of Violence

    Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the name

    By Charlotte Heath-Kelly

    Critical thinkers like Foucault, Benjamin, Derrida and Žižek have long challenged the liberal separation of violence and politics by highlighting the implicit violence within political and economic structures. But in an era of international terrorism and counter-terrorism, should we not also…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Postcolonial Encounters in International Relations

    The Politics of Transgression in the Maghreb

    By Alina Sajed

    Postcolonial Encounters in International Relations examines the social and cultural aspects of the political violence that underpinned the French colonial project in the Maghreb, and the multi-layered postcolonial realities that ensued. This book explores the reality of the lives of North…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics

    Problems and alternatives

    By Shine Choi

    The global consensus in academic, specialist and public realms is that North Korea is a problem: its nuclear ambitions pose a threat to international security, its levels of poverty indicate a humanitarian crisis and its political repression signals a failed state. This book examines the cultural…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Security Without Weapons

    Rethinking violence, nonviolent action, and civilian protection

    By M. S. Wallace

    Few questions of global politics are more pressing than how to respond to widespread violence against civilians. Despite R2P proponents’ efforts to draw attention away from exclusively military responses, debates on humanitarian intervention and R2P’s "Third Pillar" still tend to boil down to two…

    Hardback – 2016-09-19 
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  • War, Police and Assemblages of Intervention

    Edited by Jan Bachmann, Colleen Bell, Caroline Holmqvist

    This book reflects on the way in which war and police/policing intersect in contemporary Western-led interventions in the global South. The volume combines empirically oriented work with ground-breaking theoretical insights and aims to collect, for the first time, thoughts on how war and…

    Paperback – 2016-09-01 
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  • Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing

    On Drones, Counter-Insurgency, and Violence

    By Kyle Grayson

    The deployment of remotely piloted air platforms (RPAs) - or drones - has become a defining feature of contemporary counter-insurgency operations. Scholarly analysis and public debate has primarily focused on two issues: the legality of targeted killing and whether the practice is effective at…

    Hardback – 2016-07-25
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  • Narrative Global Politics

    Theory, History and the Personal in International Relations

    Edited by Naeem Inayatullah, Elizabeth Dauphinee

    This volume harnesses the virtual explosion of narrative writing in contemporary academic international politics. It comprises a prologue, an epilogue, and sixteen chapters that both build upon and diversify the success of the 2011 volume Autobiographical International Relations. Here, as in…

    Hardback – 2016-06-20
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  • Europe Anti-Power

    Ressentiment and Exceptionalism in EU Debate

    By Michael Loriaux

    The EU seeks to define a role for itself in power politics while remaining firm in its rejection of power politics. In order to make power compatible with the European project, EU debate has appended a number of progressive adjectives to the word "power," adjectives like "civilian" and "normative,"…

    Hardback – 2016-06-14
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  • The Grammar of Politics and Performance

    Edited by Shirin M Rai, Janelle Reinelt

    This volume brings together important work at the intersection of politics and performance studies. While the languages of theatre and performance have long been deployed by other disciplines, these are seldom deployed seriously and pursued systematically to discover the actual nature of the…

    Paperback – 2016-06-01
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  • Researching War

    Feminist Methods, Ethics and Politics

    Edited by Annick T. R. Wibben

    Researching War provides a unique overview of varied feminist contributions to the study of war through case studies from around the world. Written by well-respected scholars, each chapter explicitly showcases the role of feminist methodological, ethical and political commitments in the research…

    Paperback – 2016-05-19
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  • The Global Making of Policing

    Postcolonial Perspectives

    Edited by Jana Honke, Markus-Michael Muller

    This edited volume analyses the global making of security institutions and practices in our postcolonial world. The volume will offer readers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the global making of how security is thought of and practiced, from US urban policing, diaspora politics…

    Hardback – 2016-05-16
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  • On the Greek Origins of Biopolitics

    A Reinterpretation of the History of Biopower

    By Mika Ojakangas

    This book explores the origins of western biopolitics in ancient Greek political thought. Ojakangas’s argues that the conception of politics as the regulation of the quantity and quality of population in the name of the security and happiness of the state and its inhabitants is as old as…

    Hardback – 2016-05-10
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  • Insuring Life

    Value, Security and Risk

    By Luis Lobo-Guerrero

    This book is a contribution to the scholarly engagement with the wider problem of governing through risk and the politics of uncertainty. It takes life insurance as an empirical site from which to ask: what is the kind of governance created through insurance an instance of, and how does it…

    Hardback – 2016-05-05
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  • China’s International Relations and Harmonious World

    Time, Space and Multiplicity in World Politics

    By Astrid H. M. Nordin

    As scholars and publics look for alternatives to what is understood as a violent Western world order, many claim that China can provide such an alternative through the Chinese dream of a harmonious world. This book takes this claim seriously and examines its effects by tracing the notion across…

    Hardback – 2016-04-28
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  • Production of Postcolonial India and Pakistan

    Meanings of Partition

    By Ted Svensson

    This work seeks to examine the event and concurrent transition that the inauguration of India and Pakistan as ‘postcolonial’ states in August 1947 constituted and effectuated. Analysing India and Pakistan together in a parallel and mutually dependant reading, and utilizing primary data and…

    Paperback – 2016-04-21
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  • The Politics of Evasion

    A Post-Globalization Dialogue Along the Edge of the State

    By Robert Latham

    Burgeoning national security programs; thickening borders; Wikileaks and Anonymous; immigrant rights rallies; Occupy movements; student protests; neoliberal austerity; global financial crises – these developments underscore that the fable of a hope-filled post-cold war globalization has faded away.…

    Hardback – 2016-04-05
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  • Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations

    (De)fatalizing the Present, Forging Radical Alternatives

    Edited by Anna M. Agathangelou, Kyle D. Killian

    Time transforms the way we see world politics and insinuates itself into the ways we act. In this groundbreaking volume, Agathangelou and Killian bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to tackle time and temporality in international relations. The authors – critical theorists, artists,…

    Hardback – 2016-03-15
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  • Lacan, Deleuze and World Politics

    Rethinking the Ontology of the Political Subject

    By Andreja Zevnik

    This book aims to re-think the way in which the subject is inscribed in the modern political, and does so by exploring the potentiality of Lacano-Deleuzian theoretical framework. It concerns a different ontology and a non-dualist understanding of political and legal existence, by focusing on…

    Hardback – 2016-03-07
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  • Critical Imaginations in International Relations

    Edited by Aoileann Ni Mhurchu, Reiko Shindo

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-02-04
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  • Negotiating Corruption

    NGOs, Governance and Hybridity in West Africa

    By Laura Routley

    Negotiating Corruption demands that we think again about corruption in Africa. It problematises the framing of African corruption as a phenomenon that emerges from a clash between two sets of norms. Moreover, it highlights the colonial legacies of this frame, which situates African corruption…

    Hardback – 2015-12-08
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  • The Biopolitics of Lifestyle

    Foucault, Ethics and Healthy Choices

    By Christopher Mayes

    A growing sense of urgency over obesity at the national and international level has led to a proliferation of medical and non-medical interventions into the daily lives of individuals and populations. This work focuses on the biopolitical use of lifestyle to govern individual choice and secure…

    Hardback – 2015-12-07
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  • Late Modern Palestine

    The subject and representation of the second intifada

    By Laura Junka-Aikio

    Late Modern Palestine looks at the ways in which the relationship between the subject and representation and the political problematic of postcolonial late modernity is articulated in the context of the Palestinians’ struggle for liberation. Junko-Aikio provides a rich, theoretically and…

    Hardback – 2015-11-09
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  • Walzer, Just War and Iraq

    Ethics as Response

    By Ronan O'Callaghan

    In recent years questions of ethical responsibility and justice in war have become increasingly significant in international relations. This focus has been precipitated by United States (U.S.) led invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq. In turn, Western conceptions of ethical responsibility have been…

    Hardback – 2015-10-26
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  • Politics and Suicide

    The philosophy of political self-destruction

    By Nicholas Michelsen

    Politics and Suicide argues that whilst the historical lineage of suicidal politics is recognised, the fundamental significance of autodestruction to the political remains under examined. It contends that practices like suicide-bombing do not simply embody a strange or abnormal ‘suicidal’…

    Hardback – 2015-10-26
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  • Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Indonesia

    Negotiating Normativity through Gender Mainstreaming Initiatives in Aceh

    By Marjaana Jauhola

    This book offers a critical analysis of gender mainstreaming initiatives in the post-tsunami context in Indonesia. Aiming to challenge the terms of the debate in gender mainstreaming and disaster reconstruction efforts, Jauhola offers an important contribution for the discussion of what ‘feminisms…

    Paperback – 2015-10-08
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  • More Than Just War

    Narratives of the Just War and Military Life

    By Charles Jones

    This book raises questions about the just war tradition through a critical examination of its revival and by juxtaposing it with a literary phenomenology of war. Recent public debate about war has leaned heavily on a just-war tradition dating back many…

    Paperback – 2015-09-29
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  • Visual Politics and North Korea

    Seeing is Believing

    By David Shim

    In the realm of international relations, there are seemingly few states like North Korea. Whether it is the country’s human rights situation, its precarious everyday life or its so-called foreign policy of coercion and nuclear brinkmanship, no matter what this ‘pariah’ nation says and does it…

    Paperback – 2015-09-29
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  • Political Aesthetics

    Culture, Critique and the Everyday

    Edited by Arundhati Virmani

    Political Aesthetics highlights the complex and ambiguous connections of aesthetics with social, cultural and political experiences in contemporary societies. If today aesthetics seems a rather overused term, mixing a variety of historical realities and complex personal states of being, its…

    Hardback – 2015-09-07
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  • Jacques Lacan

    Between Psychoanalysis and Politics

    Edited by Samo Tomsic, Andreja Zevnik

    A charismatic and controversial figure, Lacan is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century and his work has revolutionized a range of fields. The volume aims to introduce Lacan’s vast opus to the field of international politics in a coherent and approachable manner. The volume is&…

    Paperback – 2015-08-17
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  • The Value of Resilience

    Securing life in the twenty-first century

    By Chris Zebrowski

    The Value of Resilience represents one of the first systematic studies of resilience in the field of security studies. At the turn of the twenty-first century, resilience has become a ‘buzz-word’ within fields as diverse as network engineering, ecosystems management, child psychology and military…

    Hardback – 2015-08-13
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  • On Schmitt and Space

    By Claudio Minca, Rory Rowan

    This book represents the first comprehensive study of the influential German legal and political thinker Carl Schmitt’s spatial thought, offering the first systematic examination from a Geographic perspective of one of the most important political thinkers of the twentieth century. It charts the…

    Hardback – 2015-08-03
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  • Emotions, Politics and War

    Edited by Linda Ahall, Thomas Gregory

    A growing number of scholars have sought to re-centre emotions in our study of international politics, however an overarching book on how emotions matter to the study of politics and war is yet to be published. This volume is aimed at filling that gap, proceeding from the assumption…

    Hardback – 2015-07-22
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  • Sexualities in World Politics

    How LGBTQ claims shape International Relations

    Edited by Manuela Lavinas Picq, Markus Thiel

    As LGBTQ claims acquire global relevance, how do sexual politics impact the study of International Relations? This book argues that LGBTQ perspectives are not only an inherent part of world politics but can also influence IR theory-making. LGBTQ politics have simultaneously gained international…

    Paperback – 2015-05-29
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  • Foucault & the Politics of Hearing

    By Lauri Siisiainen

    The issue of the senses and sensual perception in Michel Foucault’s thought has been a source of prolific discussion already for quite some time. Often, Foucault has been accused of overemphasizing the centrality of sight, and has been portrayed as yet another thinker representative of Western…

    Paperback – 2015-04-27
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  • Volunteer Tourism in the Global South

    Giving Back in Neoliberal Times

    By Wanda Vrasti

    This work explores the increasingly popular phenomenon of volunteer tourism in the Global South, paying particular attention to the governmental rationalities and socio-economic conditions that valorise it as a noble and necessary cultural practice. Combining theoretical research with primary data…

    Paperback – 2015-04-27
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  • The Persistence of Nationalism

    From Imagined Communities to Urban Encounters

    By Angharad Closs Stephens

    This is a book about the difficulties of thinking and acting politically in ways that refuse the politics of nationalism. The book offers a detailed study of how contemporary attempts by theorists of cosmopolitanism, citizenship, globalism and multiculturalism to go beyond nationalism often…

    Paperback – 2015-04-27
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  • Face Politics

    By Jenny Edkins

    The face is central to contemporary politics. In Deleuze and Guattari’s work on faciality we find an assertion that the face is a particular politics, and dismantling the face is also a politics. This book explores the politics of such diverse issues as images and faces in photographs and…

    Paperback – 2015-04-16
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  • Empire Within

    International Hierarchy and its Imperial Laboratories of Governance

    By Alexander D Barder

    This book explores the reverberating impacts between historical and contemporary imperial laboratories and their metropoles through three case studies concerning violence, surveillance and political economy. The invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 forced the United States to…

    Hardback – 2015-03-19
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