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Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology

ISBN 9780415732253
Published December 28, 2016 by Routledge
414 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook presents in a comprehensive, concise and accessible overview, the emerging field of international political sociology. It summarizes and synthesizes existing knowledge in the field while presenting central themes and methodologies that have been at the centre of its development, providing the reader with a sense of the diversity and research dynamics that are at the heart of international political sociology as a field of study. A wide range of topics covered include:

  • International political sociology and its cognate disciplines and fields of study;
  • Key themes including security, mobility, finance, development, gender, religion, health, global elites and the environment;
  • Methodologies on how to engage with international political sociology including fieldwork, archives, discourse, ethnography, assemblage, materiality, social spaces and visuality;
  • Current and future challenges of international political sociology addressed by three key scholars.

Providing a synthetic reference point, summarizing key achievements and engagements while putting forward future developments and potential fruitful lines of inquiry, it is an invaluable resource for students, academics and researchers from a range of disciplines, particularly international relations, political science, sociology, political geography, international law, international political economy, security studies and gender studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Routledge handbook of international political sociology

Xavier Guillaume and Pınar Bilgin

Part I: International Political Sociology and its Cognate Fields of Study

2. Feminist Theory/Gender Studies

Laura Shepherd

3. Historical Sociology

Sandra Halperin

4. International Law

Tanja Aalberts and Wouter Werner

5. International Political Economy

Amin Samman and Leonard Seabrooke

6. International Political Theory

Anthony Burke

7. Postcolonialism and International Political Sociology

Sankaran Krishna

8. The International Political Strategy of Security Studies

Can Mutlu and Çagla Lüleci

9. Sociology

Prem Kumar Rajaram

10. World Society

Oliver Kessler

Part II: Key Themes of International Political Sociology

11. Citizenship and an International Political Sociology

Peter Nyers

12. Advancing "Development" through an International Political Sociology

Joakim Öjendal and Stina Hansson

13. The Environment

Hannah Hughes

14. Finance

Ute Tellmann

15. Feminist International Political Sociology - International Political Sociology Feminism

Maria Stern

16. Global Elites

Niilo Kauppi and Mikael Rask Madsen

17. Global Governance

Ole Jacob Sending

18. Health, Medecine and the Bio-Sciences

Alison Howell

19. Mobilisation

Lara Coleman and Dörthe Rosenow

20. Mobility

Peter Adey and Rachael Squire

21. Straddling National and International Politics: Revisiting the Secular Assumptions

Jocelyne Cesari

22. Reflexive Sociology and International Political Economy

Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth

23. Security Studies

J. Peter Burgess

Part III: Methodologies of International Political Sociology

24. Archival Methods

Luis Lobo-Guerrero and Yara van ’t Groenewout

25. Assemblage

Rita Abrahamsen

26. Discourse and Narrative

Kevin C. Dunn and Iver B. Neumann

27. Ethnography/Autoethnography/Autobiography

Wanda Vrasti

28. Learning From the Field

Megan Daigle

29. History

Halvard Leira and Benjamin de Carvalho

30. Learning How To See

Debbie Lisle

31. Materiality

Peer Schouten and Maximilian Mayer

32. Multidisciplinarity

Roland Bleiker

33. Practice

Christian Büger

34. Social Spaces

Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, Lasse Folke Henriksen, Peter Marcus Kristensen and Anton Grau Larsen

Parti IV: Transversal Reflections

35. Afterword: Transversal Politics

Marieke de Goede

36. Afterword : International Political Sociology, or: The Social Ontology and Power Politics of Process

Stefano Guzzini

37. Afterword: The Commercial In/For International Political Sociology

Anna Leander

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Xavier Guillaume is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands. He is currently part of the International Political Sociology editorial board.

Pinar Bilgin is Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Turkey. She is the author of Regional Security in the Middle East (2005), The International in Security, Security in the International (2017) and Associate Editor of International Political Sociology.


'"Handbook" scarcely captures the excitement that this lively volume engenders. Guillaume, Bilgin and their innovative contributors have given us a proverbial diving board from which we all - in all fields - can launch our own plunges into an ocean of intellectual explorations. Reading this book makes clear that international political sociology is not a disciplinary fortress; it is a world of investigatory possibilities.' - Cynthia Enloe, author of Globalization and Militarism (new updated edition, 2016)

'International political sociology represents the most intellectually dynamic field of study within international relations today, and this handbook provides a definitive overview. An essential point of reference for students and scholars alike.' - Peter Mandaville, George Mason University, UK

'This handbook is an excellent introduction to the burgeoning study field of international political sociology. Combining theoretical lineages with introducing key matters of concern, it captures the intellectual diversity and dynamism of international political sociology. Guillaume and Bilgin avoid disciplinary boundary drawing and focus instead on the pluriverse of works challenging familiar conceptual repertoires of IR, giving us an excellent view of the creativity with which international political sociology engages theoretical, methodological and political challenges of our times.' - Jef Huysmans, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

‘Handbooks generally summarize, consolidate, and synthesize. That is, they serve as reference material: their quality depends on the comprehensiveness and accessibility of their collections; experts in their subject matter have no call to consult them. Guilaume’s and Bilgin’s handbook is definitely comprehensive and accessible, but it otherwise breaks the mold. It genuinely advances the international political sociology agenda. Both together, and in their individual chapters, the contributors build a case for new ways of understanding the ’state of the art’ and where to take it.’ – Daniel Nexon, Georgetown University, USA