Interventions

Series Editors:

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

 

  • Listening To/For Silence: Cross Disciplinary Approaches and Framings of Silence, Political Power and Agency book cover

    Listening To/For Silence

    Cross Disciplinary Approaches and Framings of Silence, Political Power and Agency

    Edited by Sophia Dingli, Thomas N. Cooke

    The notion of ‘silence’ has come to imply the absence of voice in political life and as such, tends to be scholastically prescribed as the antithesis of political power and political agency, however silence plays an important role in conceptualising and analysing modern political space. …

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  • The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences book cover

    The Anarchist Imagination

    Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences

    Edited by Carl Levy, Saul Newman

    This a a broad ranging introduction to 21st century anarchism which includes a wide array of theoretical approaches as well as a variety of empirical and geographical perspectives. The book demonstrates how this vibrant and often controversial ideology has influenced the humanities and social…

    Paperback – 2017-12-30 
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  • Visual Global Politics book cover

    Visual Global Politics

    Edited by Roland Bleiker

    We live in a visual age. Images play an essential role in shaping international events and our understanding of them. Photographs, cinema, television and new media sources all influence how we view and approach phenomena as diverse as war, humanitarian crises, protest movements and election…

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  • Military Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa: The Case of NATO in Libya book cover

    Military Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa

    The Case of NATO in Libya

    By Susannah O'Sullivan

    This book contributes to an increasingly important branch of critical security studies that combines insights from critical geopolitics and postcolonial critique by making an argument about the geographies of violence and their differential impact in contemporary security practices, including but…

    Hardback – 2017-09-07 
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  • The Emancipatory Project of Posthumanism book cover

    The Emancipatory Project of Posthumanism

    By Erika Cudworth, Stephen Hobden

    This is the first book to make the argument for an emancipatory project from within a posthuman framework. Responding to critics, Cudworth and Hobden argue that while some posthumanisms may be less critical, it is possible to develop a political programme from a posthuman perspective. Cudworth and…

    Hardback – 2017-09-07 
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  • Politics of Visibility and Belonging: From Russia´s “Homosexual Propaganda” Laws to the Ukraine War book cover

    Politics of Visibility and Belonging

    From Russia´s “Homosexual Propaganda” Laws to the Ukraine War

    By Emil Edenborg

    In this book, Edenborg studies contemporary conflicts of community as enacted in Russian media, from the ‘homosexual propaganda’ laws to the Sochi Olympics and the Ukraine war, and explores the role of visibility in the production and contestation of belonging to a political community. The book…

    Hardback – 2017-07-12
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  • Reforming 21st Century Peacekeeping Operations: Governmentalities of Security, Protection, and Police book cover

    Reforming 21st Century Peacekeeping Operations

    Governmentalities of Security, Protection, and Police

    By Marc. G Doucet

    This book considers contemporary international interventions with a specific focus on analyzing the frameworks that have guided recent peacekeeping operations led by the United Nations. Drawing from the work of Michel Foucault and Foucauldian-inspired approaches in the field of International…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
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  • Biopolitical Disaster book cover

    Biopolitical Disaster

    Edited by Jennifer L. Lawrence, Sarah Marie Wiebe

    Biopolitical Disaster employs a grounded analysis of the production and lived-experience of biopolitical life in order to illustrate how disaster production and response are intimately interconnected. The book is organized into four parts, each revealing how socio-environmental consequences of…

    Hardback – 2017-07-07
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  • Negotiating Corruption: NGOs, Governance and Hybridity in West Africa book cover

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • The Political Afterlife of Sites of Monumental Destruction: Reconstructing Affect in Mostar and New York book cover

    The Political Afterlife of Sites of Monumental Destruction

    Reconstructing Affect in Mostar and New York

    By Andrea Connor

    What happens when a monumental thing is physically destroyed? Is its "life" as a socially significant, presencing thing at an end? Or might the process of destruction work to enhance its symbolic force, mediating work and presencing power? In this book Andrea Connor traces the ‘afterlife’ of two…

    Hardback – 2017-06-07
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  • Narrative Global Politics: Theory, History and the Personal in International Relations book cover

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-07
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  • Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations: (De)fatalizing the Present, Forging Radical Alternatives book cover

    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,…

    Paperback – 2017-05-16
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  • Neo Delhi and the Politics of Postcolonial Urbanism book cover

    Neo Delhi and the Politics of Postcolonial Urbanism

    By Rohan Kalyan

    This book is augmented by an interactive website (neodelhi.net). During research trips to Delhi and Gurgaon between 2008 and 2015 the author produced a multi-media urban archive that includes full color photos, an essay film, ethnographic videos, field notes and more pertaining to the arguments and…

    Hardback – 2017-04-04
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  • The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North book cover

    The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North

    By Christina Oelgemöller

    The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North explores how the radically violent migration management paradigm that dominates today's international migration has been assembled. Drawing on unique archive material, it shows how a forum of diplomats and civil servants constructed the '…

    Hardback – 2017-03-07
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  • The Value of Resilience: Securing life in the twenty-first century book cover

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-03-02
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  • International Intervention in a Secular Age: Re-Enchanting Humanity? book cover

    International Intervention in a Secular Age

    Re-Enchanting Humanity?

    By Audra Mitchell

    International intervention is not just about ‘saving’ human lives: it is also an attempt to secure humanity’s place in the universe. This book explores the Western secular beliefs that underpin contemporary practices of intervention—most importantly, beliefs about life, death and the dominance of…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • Writing Global Trade Governance: Discourse and the WTO book cover

    Writing Global Trade Governance

    Discourse and the WTO

    By Michael Strange

    Writing Global Trade Governance operationalises a key post-structuralist methodology in order to expand understanding on the institution at the heart of the global political economy. Despite the WTO’s centrality and the growing popularity of methods utilizing discourse theory, no other text has yet…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • East-Asian Marxisms and Their Trajectories book cover

    East-Asian Marxisms and Their Trajectories

    Edited by Joyce C.H. Liu, Viren Murthy

    In this volume, leading scholars from around the world suggest that radical ideologies have shaped complex historical processes in East Asia by examining how intellectuals and activists interpreted, rethought and criticized Marxism in East Asia. The contributors to this volume ask how we…

    Hardback – 2017-02-14
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  • The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations book cover

    The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

    By Jessica Auchter

    International Relations has traditionally focused on conflict and war, but the effects of violence including dead bodies and memorialization practices have largely been considered beyond the purview of the field. Drawing on Jacques Derrida’s notion of hauntology to consider the politics of life and…

    Paperback – 2017-02-06
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  • Insuring Life: Value, Security and Risk book cover

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-02-06
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  • Studying the Agency of Being Governed book cover

    Studying the Agency of Being Governed

    Edited by Stina Hansson, Sofie Hellberg, Maria Stern

    This edited volume seeks to provide guidance on how we can approach questions of governing and agency—particularly those who endeavour to embark on grounded empirical research— by rendering explicit some key challenges, tensions, dilemmas, and confluences that such endeavours elicit. Indeed, the…

    Paperback – 2017-02-06
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  • War, Identity and the Liberal State: Everyday Experiences of the Geopolitical in the Armed Forces book cover

    War, Identity and the Liberal State

    Everyday Experiences of the Geopolitical in the Armed Forces

    By Victoria M Basham

    War, Identity and the Liberal State critically examines the significance of gender, race and sexuality to wars waged by liberal states and the soldiers who wage them. Drawing on original fieldwork research with British soldiers, it offers insights into how their lived experiences are shaped by, and…

    Paperback – 2016-12-21
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  • Global Powers of Horror: Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces book cover

    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 – 2016-12-20
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  • On Schmitt and Space book cover

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-11-30
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  • Asylum Seekers, Sovereignty, and the Senses of the International: A Politico-corporeal Struggle book cover

    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 – 2016-11-28
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  • Ruling the Margins: Colonial Power and Administrative Rule in the Past and Present book cover

    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 – 2016-11-16
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  • Democracy Promotion as Foreign Policy: Temporal Othering in International Relations book cover

    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 – 2016-11-15
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  • European-East Asian Borders in Translation book cover

    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 – 2016-11-08
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  • Genre and the (Post-)Communist Woman: Analyzing Transformations of the Central and Eastern European Female Ideal book cover

    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 – 2016-11-08
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  • Globalization, Difference, and Human Security book cover

    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 – 2016-11-08
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  • War, Police and Assemblages of Intervention book cover

    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 – 2016-10-11
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  • Leo Strauss and the Invasion of Iraq: Encountering the Abyss book cover

    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 – 2016-10-11
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  • Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates book cover

    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 – 2016-10-11
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  • Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the name book cover

    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 – 2016-10-11
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  • Postcolonial Encounters in International Relations: The Politics of Transgression in the Maghreb book cover

    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 – 2016-10-11
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  • Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics: Problems and alternatives book cover

    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 – 2016-10-11
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  • Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge book cover

    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 – 2016-10-05
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  • Disorienting Democracy: Politics of emancipation book cover

    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 – 2016-09-19
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  • Security Without Weapons: Rethinking violence, nonviolent action, and civilian protection book cover

    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 the efforts of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) proponents to draw attention away from exclusively military responses, debates on humanitarian intervention and R2P’s “Third Pillar…

    Hardback – 2016-09-13
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  • Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing: On Drones, Counter-Insurgency, and Violence book cover

    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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  • Europe Anti-Power: Ressentiment and Exceptionalism in EU Debate book cover

    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 book cover

    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 book cover

    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 book cover

    The Global Making of Policing

    Postcolonial Perspectives

    Edited by Jana Hönke, Markus-Michael Müller

    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 book cover

    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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  • China’s International Relations and Harmonious World: Time, Space and Multiplicity in World Politics book cover

    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 book cover

    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 book cover

    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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  • Lacan, Deleuze and World Politics: Rethinking the Ontology of the Political Subject book cover

    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 book cover

    Critical Imaginations in International Relations

    Edited by Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, 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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