Recognition has become a central thematic in contemporary political, social, and international relations theory. Its fundamentality to social life is apparent in that how we recognise others and are recognized by them is essential to both the identity of individual subjects and the relations between self and other in ethical community. As such, recognition is properly basic to all social interactions; between individuals, groups, local communities and sovereign states. 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 scholars of recognition theory in international relations, sociology and politics, to discuss the potential for recognition to understand the problem of conflict and the possibilities in developing global ethical community.
This book was published as a special issue of Global Discourse.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Recognition, conflict and the problem of ethical community Shannon Brincat 2. Shame and recognition: the politics of disclosure and acknowledgement Julie Connolly Reply: Shame and recognition: the politics of disclosure and acknowledgement: a reply to Julie Connolly Tony Castleman 3. Al-Muhajiroun in the United Kingdom: the role of international non-recognition in heightened radicalization dynamics Maéva Clément Reply: Terrorism, discourse and analysis thereof: a reply to Clément Lee Jarvis 4. Recognition and the origins of international society Erik Ringmar Reply: Recognition and the origins of international society: a reply to Erik Ringmar John M. Hobson 5. Treating Asian nations with respect: promises and pitfalls of status recognition Reinhard Wolf Reply: Treating Asian nations with respect: promises and pitfalls of status recognition: a reply to Reinhard Wolf Michael Clarke 6. Interest, passion, (non)recognition, and wars: a conceptual essay Thomas Lindemann Reply: Recognizing non-recognition: a reply to Lindemann Brent J. Steele 7. (Dis-)respect and (non-)recognition in world politics: the Anglo-Boer war and German policy at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century Lena Jaschob Reply: (Dis-)respect and (non-)recognition in world politics: the Anglo-Boer War and German policy at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century: a reply to Lena Jaschob Bill Nasson 8. Killing without hatred: the politics of (non)-recognition in contemporary Western wars Mathias Delori Reply: Killing without hatred: the politics of (non)-recognition in contemporary Western wars: a reply to Mathias Delori Kamil Shah
Shannon Brincat is a Griffith University Research Fellow based in the School of Government and International Relations. He has been the editor of a number of collections, most recently the Special Issue of Globalizations ‘Dialectics and World Politics’ and the three volume series Communism in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2014). He is also to co-founder and co-editor of the journal Global Discourse. His current research focuses on recognition theory and cosmopolitanism; dialectics; tyrannicide; climate change justice; and Critical Theory. He has articles published in the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies and Constellations, amongst others.