1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology

Edited By Xavier Guillaume, Pinar Bilgin Copyright 2017
    416 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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