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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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Assembling Exclusive Expertise Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South

Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South

1st Edition

Anna Leander, Ole Waever
July 04, 2018

This book looks at the worlding of the Global South in the process of assembling conflict resolution expertise. Anna Leander, Ole Wæver and their contributors pursue this ambition by following the experts, institutions, databases and creative expressions that are assembled into conflict resolution ...

Constructing a Chinese School of International Relations Ongoing Debates and Sociological Realities

Constructing a Chinese School of International Relations: Ongoing Debates and Sociological Realities

1st Edition

Yongjin Zhang, Teng-Chi Chang
February 05, 2018

This edited volume offers arguably the first systemic and critical assessment of the debates about and contestations to the construction of a putative Chinese School of IR as sociological realities in the context of China’s rapid rise to a global power status. Contributors to this volume ...

Global Indigenous Politics A Subtle Revolution

Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution

1st Edition

Sheryl Lightfoot
January 12, 2018

This book examines how Indigenous peoples’ rights and Indigenous rights movements represent an important and often overlooked shift in international politics - a shift that powerful states are actively resisting in a multitude of ways. While Indigenous peoples are often dismissed as marginal ...

International Relations and American Dominance A Diverse Discipline

International Relations and American Dominance: A Diverse Discipline

1st Edition

Helen Louise Turton
October 26, 2017

This work seeks to explore the widely held assumption that the discipline of International Relations is dominated by American scholars, approaches and institutions. It proceeds by defining 'dominance' along Gramscian lines and then identifying different ways in which such dominance could be ...

Worlding Brazil Intellectuals, Identity and Security

Worlding Brazil: Intellectuals, Identity and Security

1st Edition

Laura Lima
October 26, 2017

This book looks at the development of thinking about security in Brazil between 1930 and 2010. In order to do so, it develops a new framework for thinking about intellectual history in Brazil and applies it to the development of knowledge on security in that country. Building on the Gramscian ...

Against International Relations Norms Postcolonial Perspectives

Against International Relations Norms: Postcolonial Perspectives

1st Edition

Charlotte Epstein
May 04, 2017

This volume uses the concept of ‘norms’ to initiate a long overdue conversation between the constructivist and postcolonial scholarships on how to appraise the ordering processes of international politics. Drawing together insights from a broad range of scholars, it evaluates what it means to ...

International Institutions in World History Divorcing International Relations Theory from the State and Stage Models

International Institutions in World History: Divorcing International Relations Theory from the State and Stage Models

1st Edition

Laust Schouenborg
December 13, 2016

This book presents a case for a basic reorientation of International Relations away from the state and towards the study of social institutions in the sense of patterned practices, ideas and norms/rules. IR has always suffered from a parochial occupation with the state and the Western system of ...

Fairy Tales and International Relations A Folklorist Reading of IR Textbooks

Fairy Tales and International Relations: A Folklorist Reading of IR Textbooks

1st Edition

Kathryn Starnes
December 02, 2016

This book offers a critical engagement with contemporary IR textbooks via a novel folklorist approach. Two parts of the folklorist approach are developed, addressing story structures via resemblances to two fairy tales, and engaging with the role of authors via framing gestures. The book not only ...

Border Thinking on the Edges of the West Crossing Over the Hellespont

Border Thinking on the Edges of the West: Crossing Over the Hellespont

1st Edition

Andrew Davison
November 08, 2016

Drawing on scholarly and life experience on, and over, the historically posited borders between "West" and "East," the work identifies, interrogates, and challenges a particular, enduring, violent inheritance – what it means to cross over a border – from the classical origins of Western political ...

International Relations in France Writing between Discipline and State

International Relations in France: Writing between Discipline and State

1st Edition

Henrik Breitenbauch
October 11, 2016

Why is the French International Relations (IR) discipline different from the transnational-American discipline? By analysing argument structures in research articles across time, this book shows how the discipline in France is caught between the American character of the discipline and the French ...

The International in Security, Security in the International

The International in Security, Security in the International

1st Edition

Pinar Bilgin
July 22, 2016

International Relations continues to come under fire for its relative absence of international perspectives. In this exciting new volume, Pinar Bilgin encourages readers to consider both why and how ‘non-core’ geocultural sites allow us to think differently about key aspects of global politics. ...

Claiming the International

Claiming the International

1st Edition

Arlene B. Tickner, David L. Blaney
August 06, 2013

This book explores the possibilities of alternative worldings beyond those authorized by the disciplinary norms and customs of International Relations. In response to the boundary-drawing practices of IR that privilege the historical experience and scholarly folkways of the "West," the ...

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