NGOs, Knowledge Production and Global Humanist Advocacy: The Limits of Expertise, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

NGOs, Knowledge Production and Global Humanist Advocacy

The Limits of Expertise, 1st Edition

By Alistair Markland

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240 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Description

NGOs, Knowledge Production and Global Humanist Advocacy is an empirically and theoretically rich account of how international non-governmental organisations produce knowledge of and formulate understandings about the world around them.

The author applies critical and sociological perspectives to analyse the social and political limits of knowledge generated in support of global advocacy efforts aimed at enhancing human rights and preventing violent conflicts. It is found that, despite their transnational networks and claims to humanist universality, the proximity of global advocates to Western power structures and elite social spaces delimits their worldviews and curtails the potential for radical departures from mainstream political thinking.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of international relations, human rights, the sociology of knowledge, peace and conflict studies, and critical security studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Understanding the World Through Humanist Advocacy

2. Mapping the Logics of Knowledge Production in Global Advocacy

3. Advocacy in the Knowledge Market: Organisational Legitimacy and the Evolution of Epistemic Practice

4. The Epistemic Culture of Global Advocacy

5. The Epistemic Limits of Global Advocacy on Post-War Sri Lanka

6. Extracting Knowledge: Global Advocates’ Relations with Domestic
Actors in Post-War Sri Lanka

7. Conclusion: Embattled Knowledge, Contested Expertise – A Bleak Future for Global Humanist Advocacy?

About the Author

Alistair Markland completed his doctorate at Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics. He now teaches politics and international relations at Aston University’s School of Languages and Social Science, UK. His research looks at the epistemic practices of transnational actors, global advocacy efforts around violent conflicts, and technology and human rights.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General