1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations

Edited By Jenny Edkins Copyright 2019
    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Critical international relations is both firmly established and rapidly expanding, and this Handbook offers a wide-ranging survey of contemporary research. It affords insights into exciting developments, more challenging issues and less prominent topics, examining debates around questions of imperialism, race, gender, ethics and aesthetics, and offering both an overview of the existing state of critical international politics and an agenda-setting collection that highlights emerging areas and fosters future research. Sections cover: critique and the discipline; relations beyond humanity; art and narrative; war, religion and security; otherness and diplomacy; spaces and times; resistance; and embodiment and intimacy.

    An international group of expert scholars, whose contributions are commissioned for the volume, provide chapters that facilitate teaching at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate level, inspire new generations of researchers in the field and promote collaboration, cross-fertilisation and inspiration across sub-fields often treated separately, such as feminism, postcolonialism and poststructuralism. The volume sees these strands as complementary not contradictory, and emphasises their shared political goals, shared theoretical resources and complementary empirical practices.

    Each chapter offers specific, focused, in-depth analysis that complements and exemplifies the broader coverage, making this Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations essential reading for all students and scholars of international relations.

    Introduction  Part I: Critique and the Discipline  1. Imperialism and the limits of critique  2. How to criticize without ever becoming a critic  3. The empty neighbourhood: Race and disciplinary silence  Part II: Relations Beyond Humanity  3. Can International Relations confront the cosmos?  4. Relating to relational worlds: Critical theory, relational thought and relational cosmology  5. Confronting horror: International Relations beyond humanity  Part III: Art and Narrative  6. For Alex: The art of International Relations  7. Ways of Seeing/Ways of Being in Critical IR  8. Narrative and inquiry in international politics  Part IV: War, Religion, Security  9. Critical war studies  10. Being ‘Critical’ of/about/on ‘Religion’ in International Relations  11. Seeing radicalisation? The pedagogy of the Prevent strategy  Part V: Otherness and Diplomacy  12. The politics of otherness: Illustrating the identity/alterity nexus and othering in IR  13. Abusive Fidelities: Diplomacy, Translation, and the Genres of Man  14. Why Octavio Paz matters: Lessons for critical International Relations  Part VI: Spaces and Times  15. Racing to the bottom, squeezing through the cracks: Imagining unbordered space  16. Ethics, critique and post-sovereign spaces in International Politics  17. Critique and the international: Horizons, traces, finitude  Part VII: Resistance  18. The permutations of ‘taking’ political action  19. The carnivalesque and resistance  Part VIII: Intimacy and Embodiment  20. Bodies and embodiment in IR  21. The intimate and the international: love, sexuality, and queer feminist IR  22. Henri Lefebvre and the production of theory: A ghost story


    Jenny Edkins is Professor of Politics at The University of Manchester. She taught previously at Aberystwyth University and the Open University. Her monographs include Face Politics (2015), Missing: Persons and Politics (2011), Trauma and the Memory of Politics (2003) and Whose Hunger? Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (2000). Her most recent book, Change and the Politics of Certainty, is forthcoming with Manchester University Press. In addition to her academic writing, she explores fiction, autobiography and other literary forms. She is engaged in several collaborative ventures, including the Gregynog Ideas Lab and the highly-regarded Routledge book series Interventions.