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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 L. Blaney, Macalester College, USA and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Founding Editor: Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Worlding Brazil Intellectuals, Identity and Security

Worlding Brazil: Intellectuals, Identity and Security

1st Edition

By 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 ...

Fairy Tales and International Relations A Folklorist Reading of IR Textbooks

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

1st Edition

By Kathryn Starnes
December 12, 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

By 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

By Henrik Breitenbauch
October 10, 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

By Pinar Bilgin
August 01, 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

Edited By 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 ...

Thinking International Relations Differently

Thinking International Relations Differently

1st Edition

Edited By Arlene B. Tickner, David L. Blaney
March 21, 2012

A host of voices has risen to challenge Western core dominance of the field of International Relations (IR), and yet, intellectual production about world politics continues to be highly skewed. This book is the second volume in a trilogy of titles that tries to put the "international" back into IR ...

International Relations Scholarship Around the World

International Relations Scholarship Around the World

1st Edition

Edited By Arlene B. Tickner, Ole Wæver
August 07, 2009

It has become widely accepted that the discipline of International Relations (IR) is ironically not "international" at all. IR scholars are part of a global discipline with a single, shared object of study - the world, and yet theorizing gravitates around a number of concepts that have been ...

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