Recognition is a fundamental aspect of all social interactions; between individuals, groups, local communities and sovereign states. Recognition refers to those sociological processes whereby two or more entities (such as states), groups (such as ethnic or cultural communities) or individuals interact with one another and come to understand themselves, and the other, as mutually free individuals: as social agents whose identities, interests and outlooks are equally bound together. Without the foundational act of recognition, relations can become unequal and antagonistic, leading to social pathologies, denigration and even open conflict.
This volume brings together leading international scholars of recognition theory in world politics to discuss the potential for recognition to pacify relations between states, groups and individuals and to develop recognition processes in the global community. It examines the implications of recognition theory in helping to understand the problem of conflict and the possibilities for forging a form of global ethical community.
This book was published as a special issue of Global Discourse.
1. Functional Coexistence: Conflict Transformation in the Context of Mutual Non-Recognition 2. Al-Muhajiroun in the UK: The Role of International Non-Recognition in Heightened Radicalization Dynamics 3. Recognition and Cosmopolitanism 4. Peace Making through Recognition: A Transformative Process of the Moldovan-Transnistrian Conflict 5. Acknowledgement in Conflict and Collaboration: Elaborating recognition politics as the agency of self in relations between states 6. (Dis-)respect and (Non-)recognition in World Politics – The Anglo-Boer War and German Policy at the Turn of the 19th/20th Century 7. The hidden (non) recognition logics of international violence 8. Interlocking Recognition: Domestic policy implications of Turkey’s relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (2007-2013) 9. A critique of global poverty politics: What can recognition theory deliver? 10. The Diplomacy of Respect: : Promises and Pitfalls of Status Recognition