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Widening the World of International Relations

Homegrown Theorizing, 1st Edition

Edited by Ersel Aydinli, Gonca Biltekin

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Current international relations (IR) theories and approaches, which are almost exclusively built in the West, are alien to the non-Western contexts that engender the most hard-pressing problems of the world and ultimately unhelpful in understanding or addressing the needs surrounding these issues. Our supposedly revolutionary new concepts and approaches remain largely insufficient in explaining what happens globally and in offering lessons for improvement.

This deficiency can only be addressed by building more relevant theories. For theory to be relevant in accounting for contemporary international relations, we argue, it should not only apply to, but also emanate from different corners of the current political universe. In other words, diversity and dialogue can only come about when periphery scholars do not just "meta-theorize" but also "theorize." Aydinli and Biltekin propose a new form of theorizing through this collection of work, one that effectively blends peripheral outlooks with theory production. They call this form "homegrown theorizing," or original theorizing in the periphery about the periphery. Arguing that disciplinary culture is oblivious to the diversity that might be achieved by theorizing based on indigenous ideas and/or practices, this book intends to highlight that potential, showing diversity in the background of the authors, because wherever one looks at the world from, paints the picture that is being seen. Therefore, we bring together scholars from Eastern Europe to South Africa, from Iran to Japan to cover the extant diversity in ideas.

This work will be essential reading for all students and scholars concerned with the future of international relations theory.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Widening the World of IR - Ersel Aydınlı and Gonca Biltekin

PART I:  Homegrown Theorizing in Perspective

2 A Typology of Homegrown Theorizing - Ersel Aydınlı and Gonca Biltekin

3 Would 100 Global Workshops on Theory Building Make A Difference? - Knud Erik Jørgensen

4 Homegrown Theorizing: Knowledge, Scholars, Theory - Deniz Kuru

PART II: Theorizing at "Home"  

5 Iranian Scholars and Theorizing International Relations: Achievements and Challenges - Homeira Moshirzadeh

6 Chinese Concepts and Relational International Politics - Emilian Kavalski

7 The Genealogy of Culturalist International Relations in Japan and Its Implications for Post-Western Discourse - Kosuke Shimizu

8 Reshaping International Relations: Theoretical Innovations from Africa - Karen Smith

PART III: Innovative Encounters 

9 Unpacking the Post-Soviet: Political Legacy of the Tartu Semiotic School - Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk

10 Transcending Hegemonic International Relations Theorization: Nothingness, Re-Worlding, and Balance of Relationship - Chih-yu Shih

11 Conceptual Cultivation and Homegrown Theorizing: The Case of/for the Concept of Influence - Eyüp Ersoy

12 Conclusion: Towards a Global Discipline - Ersel Aydınlı and Gonca Biltekin

About the Editors

Ersel Aydinli, Bilkent University, Ankara.

Gonca Biltekin, Binghamton University, USA.

About the Series

Worlding Beyond the West

Historically, the International Relations (IR) discipline has established its boundaries, issues, and theories based upon Western experience and traditions of thought. This series explores the role of geocultural factors, institutions, and academic practices in creating the concepts, epistemologies, and methodologies through which IR knowledge is produced. This entails identifying alternatives for thinking about the "international" that are more in tune with local concerns and traditions outside the West. But it also implies provincializing Western IR and empirically studying the practice of producing IR knowledge at multiple sites within the so-called ‘West’.

We welcome book proposals in areas such as:

  • Critiques of Western-centric scholarship and policy-making.
  • The emergence of new theories and approaches from ‘the periphery’.
  • The challenges for the discipline at large in accommodating its post-Western phase, and the political and ethical dilemmas involved in this.
  • Concrete studies of the results of approaching issues and agendas in ‘the periphery’ with the tools offered by core thinking.
  • Work by scholars from the non-West about local, national, regional or global issues, reflecting on the importance of different perspectives and of geocultural epistemologies.
  • Studies of ‘travelling theory’ – how approaches, concepts and theories get modified, re-casted and translated in different contexts.
  • The meaning and evolution of major concepts in particular regions, such as security thinking, concepts of globalisation and power, understandings of ‘economy’ and ‘development’ or other key categories in particular regions.
  • The sociology of the discipline in different places – with a focus on a country, a region, on specific research communities/schools, subfields, or on specific institutions such as academic associations, journals, foundations or think tanks.
  • Empirical studies of epistemic practices and the conditions of knowledge production in different Western and non-Western locales and sites.
  • Studies of the interaction between different knowledge producers, such as processes of expertise or the dialogue between intellectuals, academics, bureaucrats and policy elites.

Series Editors: Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, David Blaney, Macalester College, USA and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Founding Editor: Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General