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Worlding Beyond the West


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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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Intersectional Decoloniality Reimagining International Relations and the Problem of Difference

Intersectional Decoloniality Reimagining International Relations and the Problem of Difference

1st Edition

Marcos S. Scauso
August 06, 2020

This book assesses diverse ways to think about “others” while also emphasizing the advantages of decolonial intersectionality. The author analyzes a number of struggles that emerge among Andean indigenous intellectuals, governmental projects, and International Relations scholars from the Global ...

International Relations from the Global South Worlds of Difference

International Relations from the Global South Worlds of Difference

1st Edition

Arlene B. Tickner, Karen Smith
June 02, 2020

This exciting new textbook challenges the implicit notions inherent in most existing International Relations (IR) scholarship and instead presents the subject as seen from different vantage points in the global South. Divided into four sections, (1) the IR discipline, (2) key concepts and ...

Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa Turning Over a New Leaf

Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa Turning Over a New Leaf

1st Edition

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
May 20, 2020

This provocative book is anchored on the insurgent and resurgent spirit of decolonization of the twenty-first century. The author calls upon Africa to turn over a new leaf in the domains of politics, economy, and knowledge as it frees itself from imperial global designs and global coloniality. With...

Western Dominance in International Relations? The Internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India

Western Dominance in International Relations? The Internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India

1st Edition

Audrey Alejandro
April 28, 2020

Since the 1970s, a 'critical' movement has been developing in the humanities and social sciences denouncing the existence of 'Western dominance' over the worldwide production and circulation of knowledge. However, thirty years after the emergence of this promising agenda in International Relations ...

Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts The Politics of International Relations and Policy Advice in Russia

Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts The Politics of International Relations and Policy Advice in Russia

1st Edition

Katarzyna Kaczmarska
April 22, 2020

This book draws on extensive ethnographic research undertaken in Russia to show how the wider sociopolitical context – the political system, relationship between the state and academia as well as the contours of the public debate – shapes knowledge about international politics and influences ...

Theory as Ideology in International Relations The Politics of Knowledge

Theory as Ideology in International Relations The Politics of Knowledge

1st Edition

Benjamin Martill, Sebastian Schindler
March 12, 2020

Are theoretical tools nothing but political weapons? How can the two be distinguished from each other? What is the ideological role of theories like liberalism, neoliberalism or democratic theory? And how can we study the theories of actors from outside the academic world? This book examines these ...

NGOs, Knowledge Production and Global Humanist Advocacy The Limits of Expertise

NGOs, Knowledge Production and Global Humanist Advocacy The Limits of Expertise

1st Edition

Alistair Markland
February 19, 2020

NGOs, Knowledge Production and Global Humanist Advocacy is an empirically and theoretically rich account of how international non-governmental organisations produce knowledge of and formulate understandings about the world around them. The author applies critical and sociological perspectives to ...

Widening the World of International Relations Homegrown Theorizing

Widening the World of International Relations Homegrown Theorizing

1st Edition

Ersel Aydinli, Gonca Biltekin
January 14, 2020

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 ...

Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework Writing in Darkness

Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework Writing in Darkness

1st Edition

K. Melchor Quick Hall
November 27, 2019

By writing Black feminist texts into the international relations (IR) canon and naming a common Black feminist praxis, this text charts a path toward a Transnational Black Feminist (TBF) Framework in IR, and outlines why a TBF Framework is a much needed intervention in the field. Situated at the ...

China and International Theory The Balance of Relationships

China and International Theory The Balance of Relationships

1st Edition

Chih-yu Shih et al.
April 11, 2019

Major IR theories, which stress that actors will inevitably only seek to enhance their own interests, tend to contrive binaries of self and other and ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. By contrast, this book recognizes the general need of all to relate, which they do through various imagined resemblances ...

Unravelling Liberal Interventionism Local Critiques of Statebuilding in Kosovo

Unravelling Liberal Interventionism Local Critiques of Statebuilding in Kosovo

1st Edition

Gëzim Visoka, Vjosa Musliu
April 11, 2019

Despite calls for the decolonisation of knowledge, scholars who come from conflict-affected societies remained marginalised, excluded from the examination of the politics and impacts of liberal interventionism. This edited volume gives local scholars a platform from which they critically examine ...

Islam in International Relations Politics and Paradigms

Islam in International Relations Politics and Paradigms

1st Edition

Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello, Deina Abdelkader
November 02, 2018

Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms analyses the interaction between Islam and IR. It shows how Islam is a conceptualization of ideas that affect people’s thinking and behaviour in their capacity to relate with IR as both discipline and practice. This approach challenges ...

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