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Territorial Conflicts in World Society
Modern Systems Theory, International Relations and Conflict Studies

Edited By

Stephen Stetter

ISBN 9780415543606
Published February 27, 2009 by Routledge
252 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

By bringing into dialogue modern systems theory and international relations, this text provides theoretically innovative and empirically rich perspectives on conflicts in world society.

This collection contrasts Niklas Luhmann’s theory of world society in modern systems theory with more classical approaches to the study of conflicts, offering a fresh perspective on territorial conflicts in international relations. It includes chapters on key issues such as:

  • conflicts and human rights
  • conflicts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa
  • war and violence
  • Greek-Turkish relations
  • conflict theory
  • the role of states in world societal conflicts
  • legal territorial disputes in Australia
  • hegemony and conflict in global law
  • conflict management after 9/11.

While all contributions draw from the theory of world society in modern systems theory, the authors offer rich multi-disciplinary perspectives which bring in concepts from international relations, peace and conflict studies, sociology, law and philosophy.

Territorial Conflicts in World Society will appeal to international relations specialists, peace and conflict researchers and sociologists.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Points of Encounter  Part 1: Points of Observation: Systems Theory, IR and the Study of Conflicts in World Society  2. Debordering by Human Rights: The Challenge of Post-territorial Conflicts in World Society  3. Regions of Conflict in World Society: The Place of the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa  4. Theories of World Society and War: Luhmann and the Alternatives  5. The Autopoiesis of Conflict Transformation: An Example of a ‘Butterfly Effect’ in Greek-Turkish Relations  Part 2: Points of Contact: Sociological, Legal and Philosophical Perspectives on Systems Theory, IR and Conflicts in World Society  6. Contradiction, Conflict and Borders  7. Addresses in World Societal Conflicts: A Systems Theoretical Contribution to the Theory of the State in International Relations  8. Conflicts of Laws: Comparing Autochthonous Legal Cultures  9. ‘Just Peace’ Revisited: International Law in the Era of Assymetry  10. The Irony of Terror: The Morality-Sensitive Nerve in the Criticism of Violence  11. Conclusion: Points of Departure

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Stephan Stetter is Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Bielefeld University, Germany.