1st Edition

Race, Gender, and Culture in International Relations Postcolonial Perspectives

Edited By Randolph B. Persaud, Alina Sajed Copyright 2018
    222 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    International relations theory has broadened out considerably since the end of the Cold War. Topics and issues once deemed irrelevant to the discipline have been systematically drawn into the debate and great strides have been made in the areas of culture/identity, race, and gender in the discipline. However, despite these major developments over the last two decades, currently there are no comprehensive textbooks that deal with race, gender, and culture in IR from a postcolonial perspective. This textbook fills this important gap.

    Persaud and Sajed have drawn together an outstanding lineup of scholars, with each chapter illustrating the ways these specific lenses (race, gender, culture) condition or alter our assumptions about world politics.

    This book:

    • covers a wide range of topics including war, global inequality, postcolonialism, nation/nationalism, indigeneity, sexuality, celebrity humanitarianism, and religion;
    • follows a clear structure, with each chapter situating the topic within IR, reviewing the main approaches and debates surrounding the topic and illustrating the subject matter through case studies;
    • features pedagogical tools and resources in every chapter - boxes to highlight major points; illustrative narratives; and a list of suggested readings.

    Drawing together prominent scholars in critical International Relations, this work shows why and how race, gender and culture matter and will be essential reading for all students of global politics and International Relations theory.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Race, gender, and culture in IR (Randolph B. Persaud and Alina Sajed)

    Chapter 2: Postcolonialism: The relevance for IR in a globalized world (Sankaran Krishna) 

    Chapter 3: Race in International Relations (Srdjan Vucetic and Randolph B. Persaud)

    Chapter 4: Gender, Race and International Relations (Aytak Akbari-Dibavar)

    Chapter 5: Gender and Nation (Nivi Manchanda and Leah de Haan)

    Chapter 6: Postcolonialism and International Relations: Intersections of sexuality, religion, and race (Momin Rahman)

    Chapter 7: Race and global inequality (Naeem Inayatullah and David Blaney)

    Chapter 8: Discourses of Conquest and Resistance: International Relations & Anishinaabe Diplomacy (Hayden King)

    Chapter 9: Security Studies, Postcolonialism, and the Third World (Randolph B. Persaud)

    Chapter 10: "It is not about me...but it kind of is." Celebrity Humanitarianism in late modernity (Aida Hozic, Samantha Majic and Ibrahim Yahaya)


    Randolph B Persaud is Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., USA.

    Alina Sajed is Associate Professor of International Relations, McMaster University, Canada.

    "Race, Gender and Culture in International Relations opens up the world of international relations to the world - where people carry social hierarchy through their lives and where national hierarchies are built on these social divisions and then magnify them. It is impossible to imagine 'international relations' without race and gender, without imperialism and the urge for freedom. But, of course, that's how IR is often understood. This book shows why IR has, largely, been too myopic and why IR needs to expand its vision."

    Vijay Prashad, Trinity College, USA


    "This is the first and much-needed textbook to emerge in IR that introduces the undergraduate student to postcolonialism. It has the added advantage of focusing in a sustained way on how Eurocentrism intersects with race and gender thereby bringing a wider critical perspective to the student. This is a deeply impressive book that should be a go-to resource for all lecturers and students who are interested in this rapidly-rising area within IR."  

    John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield, UK


    "By bringing together race, gender and postcolonial critique, this textbook radically expands the vantage points and critical considerations currently offered in introductions to International Relations. Teachers and students alike will find the material challenging, thought provoking, and above all, timely and relevant."

    Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University of London, UK

    "This important textbook brings together contributions from outstanding scholars to advance our understandings of the cultural constitution of global politics through the intersections of race and gender. Drawing from postcolonial theory, indigenous theory, and feminist theory, the volume contributes in significant ways to enhancing our understandings of some of the key concepts and processes of International Relations – the nation-state, sovereignty, security, global capitalism, colonialism, and violence."

    Shampa Biswas, Whitman College, USA