Beyond Globalization

Capitalism, Territoriality and the International Relations of Modernity

By Hannes Lacher

© 2008 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

Hannes Lacher presents a new critical social theory of international relations that integrates sociology, history and political geography to understand the formation and development of modern international relations.

Far from implying a return to state-centrist Realism, this essential new volume leads us towards a critical social theory of international relations that questions the prevailing conceptions of the modern international political economy as a collection of nationally bounded spaces more fundamentally than ever before. It also shows us that capitalist modernity itself was, from the beginning, characterized by the dualism of global economic integration and the fragmentation of political space, which actually stems from the divergent origins of capitalism and territorial sovereignty.

This book will be of great interest to al students of historical sociology, political geography, international relations and political science.

Table of Contents

Introduction: from the International to the Global? 1. The Limits of Society: State-centrism and the International Relations of Modernity 2. Theorists of the Superstructure: From Gramsci to Althusser and Beyond 3. Historical Structures of Capitalism: Neo-Gramscian IPE 4. Beyond Base/ Superstructure: Renewing Historical Materialism 5. Third time right? 'Open Marxism' and the International System 6. Towards Modernity? Absolutism, Capitalism, and State Formation in Post-Feudal Europe 7. The International System of Ancien Regime 8. Incongruent Spaces: National States and Global Accumulation 9. Beyond the 'Territorial Trap': Towards a Historical Geography of Capitalist Modernity 10. Conclusions and Perspectives: The Demise of the Territorial State?

About the Author

Hannes Lacher is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus and currently a Visiting Professor at York University, Canada.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL023000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions