Interventions

Series Editors: Jenny Edkins, Nick Vaughan-Williams

The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.

 

We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

  • Jenny Edkins (jennyedkins@hotmail.com) and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (N.Vaughan-Williams@Warwick.ac.uk).

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA

 

  • Visual Global Politics

    Edited by Roland Bleiker

    We live in a visual age. Images play an essential role in shaping international events and our understanding of them. Photographs, cinema, television and new media sources all influence how we view and approach phenomena as diverse as war, humanitarian crises, protest movements and election…

    Paperback – 2016-06-29 
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  • China’s International Relations and Harmonious World

    Time, Space and Multiplicity in World Politics

    By Astrid Nordin

    Hardback – 2016-05-31 
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  • Failed Asylum Seekers, Sovereignty and the Senses of the International

    A Politico-corporeal Struggle

    By Eeva Puumala

    Hardback – 2016-05-31 
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  • Researching War

    Feminist Methods, Ethics and Politics

    Edited by Annick T. R. Wibben

    Paperback – 2016-04-29 
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  • Insuring Life

    Value, Security and Risk

    By L.E. Lobo-Guerrero

    Life insurance is generally accepted to be part of an apparatus of security aimed at securing the everyday life of populations in advanced liberal economies. What is ultimately protected by insurance instruments are the livelihoods and lifestyles of individuals who purchase securities (policies) to…

    Hardback – 2016-03-29 
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  • Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations

    (De) Fatalizing the Present, Forging Radical Alternatives

    Edited by Anna M. Agathangelou, Kyle Killian

    This work brings together critical theorists, artists, and poets using time and temporality as the conceptual framework for investigating a diverse array of experiences and structures of oppression and exploitation in International Relations, focusing on the tensions produced by histories of…

    Hardback – 2016-02-29 
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  • Security Without Weapons

    Ethical Action, Difference, and Nonviolent Intervention

    By Mary S. Wallace

    Hardback – 2016-02-27 
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  • Dis-orienting Democracy

    Activism, Education and the Arts

    By Clare Woodford

    Providing an innovative interpretation and application of the work of Rancière, this work addresses the long-standing crisis of the political left, consisting of an inability to unite around common themes for reinvigorating a left-wing politics. In doing this, it offers a critique of recent left…

    Hardback – 2016-01-31 
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  • Critical Imaginations in International Relations

    Edited by Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Reiko Shindo

    This exciting new text brings together in one volume an overview of the many reflections on how we might address the problems and limitations of a state-centered approach in the discipline of International Relations (IR). The book is structured into chapters on key concepts each…

    Paperback – 2016-01-29 
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  • The Global Making of Policing

    Postcolonial Perspectives

    Edited by Jana Honke, Markus-Michael Muller

    This edited volume explores the global making of security institutions and practices in our postcolonial world. In doing so, it critically examines and decentres conventional perspectives on security governance and policing. Offering a fresh analytical approach, the chapters move beyond dominant,…

    Hardback – 2015-12-31 
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  • Narrative Global Politics

    Theory, History and the Personal in International Relations

    Edited by Naeem Inayatullah, Elizabeth Dauphinee

    This volume seeks to harness the virtual explosion of narrative writing in contemporary academic international politics. It is comprised of an introduction and eighteen short essays that both build upon and diversify the success of the 2010 volume Autobiographical International…

    Hardback – 2015-12-31 
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  • Global Powers of Horror

    Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces

    By Francois Debrix

    This concise and accessible new text offers original and insightful analysis into the concept of biopolitics.  It surveys how biopolitical analysis is applicable to global life, global politics, and global security and the conceptual, practical, and ethical limits of various biopolitical…

    Paperback – 2015-12-29 
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  • Biopolitics of Lifestyle

    Foucault, Ethics and Healthy Choices

    By Christopher Mayes

    A growing sense of urgency over obesity at the national and international level has led to a proliferation of medical and non-medical interventions into the daily lives of individuals and populations. This work focuses on the biopolitical use of lifestyle to govern individual choice and secure…

    Hardback – 2015-12-17 
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  • Negotiating Corruption

    NGOs, Governance and Hybridity in West Africa

    By Laura Routley

    Based on participant observation and interviews conducted with three national NGOs in Eastern Nigeria in 2007-08, Negotiating Corruption is grounded in a detailed exploration of the ambiguous relationships between the NGOs studied and state agencies. The key arguments of the book focus on the…

    Hardback – 2015-12-01 
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  • Globalizing Governmentality

    Sites of Neoliberal Assemblage in the Americas

    By Jason Weidner

    Globalizing Governmentality analyses processes of globalization and global governance, through a critical examination of the dynamics of neoliberalism in the Americas. The work employs and develops a Foucauldian governmentality analytical framework, demonstrating how such a framework contributes…

    Hardback – 2015-11-29 
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  • Late Modern Palestine

    The subject and representation of the second intifada

    By Laura Junka-Aikio

    Late Modern Palestine looks at the ways in which the relationship between the subject and representation and the political problematic of postcolonial late modernity is articulated in the context of the Palestinians’ struggle for liberation. Junko-Aikio provides a rich, theoretically and…

    Hardback – 2015-11-15 
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  • The Anarchist Imagination

    Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences

    Edited by Carl Levy, Saul Newman

    This a a broad ranging introduction to 21st century anarchism which includes a wide array of theoretical approaches as well as a variety of empirical and geographical perspectives. The book demonstrates how this vibrant and often controversial ideology has influenced the humanities and social…

    Paperback – 2015-10-29 
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  • Walzer, Just War and Iraq

    Ethics as Response

    By Ronan O'Callaghan

    In recent years questions of ethical responsibility and justice in war have become increasingly significant in international relations. This focus has been precipitated by United States (U.S.) led invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq. In turn, Western conceptions of ethical responsibility have been…

    Hardback – 2015-10-29 
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  • Politics and Suicide

    The Philosophy of Political Self-destruction

    By Nicholas Michelsen

    Politics and Suicide argues that whilst the historical lineage of suicidal politics is recognised, the fundamental significance of autodestruction to the political remains under examined. It contends that practices like suicide-bombing do not simply embody a strange or abnormal ‘suicidal’…

    Hardback – 2015-10-29 
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  • Visual Politics and North Korea

    Seeing is Believing

    By David Shim

    In the realm of international relations, there are seemingly few states like North Korea. Whether it is the country’s human rights situation, its precarious everyday life or its so-called foreign policy of coercion and nuclear brinkmanship, no matter what this ‘pariah’ nation says and does it…

    Paperback – 2015-10-09 
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  • More Than Just War

    Narratives of the Just War and Military Life

    By Charles Jones

    This book raises questions about the just war tradition through a critical examination of its revival and by juxtaposing it with a literary phenomenology of war. Recent public debate about war has leaned heavily on a just-war tradition dating back many…

    Paperback – 2015-10-04 
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  • Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Indonesia

    Negotiating Normativity through Gender Mainstreaming Initiatives in Aceh

    By Marjaana Jauhola

    This book offers a critical analysis of gender mainstreaming initiatives in the post-tsunami context in Indonesia. Aiming to challenge the terms of the debate in gender mainstreaming and disaster reconstruction efforts, Jauhola offers an important contribution for the discussion of what ‘feminisms…

    Paperback – 2015-10-04 
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  • Political Aesthetics

    Culture, Critique and the Everyday

    Edited by Arundhati Virmani

    Political Aesthetics highlights the complex and ambiguous connections of aesthetics with social, cultural and political experiences in contemporary societies. If today aesthetics seems a rather overused term, mixing a variety of historical realities and complex personal states of being, its…

    Hardback – 2015-09-01 
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  • The Value of Resilience

    Securing life in the twenty-first century

    By Chris Zebrowski

    The Value of Resilience represents one of the first systematic studies of resilience in the field of security studies. At the turn of the twenty-first century, resilience has become a ‘buzz-word’ within fields as diverse as network engineering, ecosystems management, child psychology and military…

    Hardback – 2015-08-18 
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  • Jacques Lacan

    Between Psychoanalysis and Politics

    Edited by Samo Tomšič, Andreja Zevnik

    A charismatic and controversial figure, Lacan is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century and his work has revolutionized a range of fields. The volume aims to introduce Lacan’s vast opus to the field of international politics in a coherent and approachable manner. The volume is&…

    Paperback – 2015-08-17 
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  • On Schmitt and Space

    By Claudio Minca, Rory Rowan

    This book represents the first comprehensive study of the influential German legal and political thinker Carl Schmitt’s spatial thought, offering the first systematic examination from a Geographic perspective of one of the most important political thinkers of the twentieth century. It charts the…

    Hardback – 2015-08-03 
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  • Emotions, Politics and War

    Edited by Linda Åhäll, Thomas Gregory

    A growing number of scholars have sought to re-centre emotions in our study of international politics, however an overarching book on how emotions matter to the study of politics and war is yet to be published. This volume is aimed at filling that gap, proceeding from the assumption…

    Hardback – 2015-07-21
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  • Sexualities in World Politics

    How LGBTQ claims shape International Relations

    Edited by Manuela Lavinas Picq, Markus Thiel

    As LGBTQ claims acquire global relevance, how do sexual politics impact the study of International Relations? This book argues that LGBTQ perspectives are not only an inherent part of world politics but can also influence IR theory-making. LGBTQ politics have simultaneously gained international…

    Paperback – 2015-05-28
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  • Foucault & the Politics of Hearing

    By Lauri Siisiäinen

    The issue of the senses and sensual perception in Michel Foucault’s thought has been a source of prolific discussion already for quite some time. Often, Foucault has been accused of overemphasizing the centrality of sight, and has been portrayed as yet another thinker representative of Western…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • Volunteer Tourism in the Global South

    Giving Back in Neoliberal Times

    By Wanda Vrasti

    This work explores the increasingly popular phenomenon of volunteer tourism in the Global South, paying particular attention to the governmental rationalities and socio-economic conditions that valorise it as a noble and necessary cultural practice. Combining theoretical research with primary data…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • The Persistence of Nationalism

    From Imagined Communities to Urban Encounters

    By Angharad Closs Stephens

    This is a book about the difficulties of thinking and acting politically in ways that refuse the politics of nationalism. The book offers a detailed study of how contemporary attempts by theorists of cosmopolitanism, citizenship, globalism and multiculturalism to go beyond nationalism often…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • Face Politics

    By Jenny Edkins

    The face is central to contemporary politics. In Deleuze and Guattari’s work on faciality we find an assertion that the face is a particular politics, and dismantling the face is also a politics. This book explores the politics of such diverse issues as images and faces in photographs and…

    Paperback – 2015-04-15
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  • Empire Within

    International Hierarchy and its Imperial Laboratories of Governance

    By Alexander D Barder

    This book explores the reverberating impacts between historical and contemporary imperial laboratories and their metropoles through three case studies concerning violence, surveillance and political economy. The invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 forced the United States to…

    Hardback – 2015-03-18
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  • Interpretive Approaches to Global Climate Governance

    (De)constructing the Greenhouse

    Edited by Chris Methmann, Delf Rothe, Benjamin Stephan

    Global climate change is perceived to be one of the biggest challenges for international politics in the 21st century. This work seeks to fuse a global governance perspective together with different interpretive approaches, offering a novel way of looking at international climate politics. Equipped…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • The Grammar of Politics and Performance

    Edited by Shirin M Rai, Janelle Reinelt

    This volume brings together important work at the intersection of politics and performance studies. While the languages of theatre and performance have long been deployed by other disciplines, these are seldom deployed seriously and pursued systematically to discover the actual nature of the…

    Hardback – 2014-12-07
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  • Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics

    Problems and alternatives

    By Shine Choi

    The global consensus in academic, specialist and public realms is that North Korea is a problem: its nuclear ambitions pose a threat to international security, its levels of poverty indicate a humanitarian crisis and its political repression signals a failed state. This book examines the cultural…

    Hardback – 2014-12-01
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  • War, Police and Assemblages of Intervention

    Edited by Jan Bachmann, Colleen Bell, Caroline Holmqvist

    This book reflects on the way in which war and police/policing intersect in contemporary Western-led interventions in the global South. The volume combines empirically oriented work with ground-breaking theoretical insights and aims to collect, for the first time, thoughts on how war and…

    Hardback – 2014-11-18
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  • Race and Racism in International Relations

    Confronting the Global Colour Line

    Edited by Alexander Anievas, Nivi Manchanda, Robbie Shilliam

    International Relations, as a discipline, does not grant race and racism explanatory agency in its conventional analyses, despite such issues being integral to the birth of the discipline. Race and Racism in International Relations seeks to remedy this oversight by acting as a catalyst for…

    Paperback – 2014-11-16
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  • Politics in Emotion

    The Song of Telangana

    By Himadeep Muppidi

    The work focuses on a subaltern local sovereignty movement called "Telangana" in India. Over the last ten years, this movement has engaged in a massive political mobilization, including strikes, rallies, work stoppages, occupation of public spaces, electoral contests, 200 and more political…

    Hardback – 2014-10-06
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  • Ruling the Margins

    Colonial Power and Administrative Rule in the Past and Present

    By Prem Kumar Rajaram

    Administrative rule is a type of rule centered on devising and implementing regulations governing how we live and how we conduct ourselves economically and politically, and sometimes culturally. The principle feature of this type of rule is the important question about how things should be arranged…

    Hardback – 2014-10-01
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  • Genre and the (Post-)Communist Woman

    Analyzing Transformations of the Central and Eastern European Female Ideal

    Edited by Florentina C.Andreescu, Michael J. Shapiro

    This work is a critical intervention into the archive of female identity; it reflects on the ways in which the Central and Eastern European female ideal was constructed, represented, and embodied in communist societies and on its transformation resulting from the political, economic, and social…

    Hardback – 2014-09-28
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  • Studying the Agency of Being Governed

    Edited by Stina Hansson, Sofie Hellberg, Maria Stern

    This edited volume seeks to provide guidance on how we can approach questions of governing and agency—particularly those who endeavour to embark on grounded empirical research— by rendering explicit some key challenges, tensions, dilemmas, and confluences that such endeavours elicit. Indeed, the…

    Hardback – 2014-09-24
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  • Deleuze & Fascism

    Security: War: Aesthetics

    Edited by Brad Evans, Julian Reid

    This edited volume deploys Deleuzian thinking to re-theorize fascism as a mutable problem in changing orders of power relations dependent on hitherto misunderstood social and political conditions of formation. The book provides a theoretically distinct approach to the problem of fascism and its…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Indian Foreign Policy

    The Politics of Postcolonial Identity from 1947 to 2004

    By Priya Chacko

    The rise of India as a major power has generated new interest in understanding the drivers of its foreign policy. This book argues that analysing India’s foreign and security policies as representational practices which produce India’s identity as a postcolonial nation-state helps to illuminate the…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • European-East Asian Borders in Translation

    Edited by Joyce C.H. Liu, Nick Vaughan-Williams

    European-East Asian Borders is an international, trans-disciplinary volume that breaks new ground in the study of borders and bordering practices in global politics. It explores the insights and limitations of border theory developed primarily in the European context to a range of historical and…

    Hardback – 2014-08-17
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  • Cosmopolitan Government in Europe

    Citizens and Entrepreneurs in Postnational Politics

    By Owen Parker

    The invocation of ‘the market’ has been omnipresent in media discussions of ‘crisis Europe’. On the one hand, ‘the market’ is presented as that to which EU member states must collectively respond. It is the very purpose of a post-national government and that which dictates individual and collective…

    Paperback – 2014-05-29
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  • International Intervention in a Secular Age

    Re-Enchanting Humanity?

    By Audra Mitchell

    International intervention is not just about ‘saving’ human lives: it is also an attempt to secure humanity’s place in the universe. This book explores the Western secular beliefs that underpin contemporary practices of intervention—most importantly, beliefs about life, death and the dominance of…

    Hardback – 2014-04-03
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  • The New Violent Cartography

    Geo-Analysis after the Aesthetic Turn

    Edited by Samson Opondo, Michael J. Shapiro

    This edited volume seeks to propose and examine different, though related, critical responses to modern cultures of war among other cultural practices of statecraft. Taken together, these essays present a space of creative engagement with the political and draw on a broad range of cultural contexts…

    Paperback – 2014-03-20
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  • The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

    By Jessica Auchter

    International Relations has traditionally focused on conflict and war, but the effects of violence including dead bodies and memorialization practices have largely been considered beyond the purview of the field. Drawing on Jacques Derrida’s notion of hauntology to consider the politics of life and…

    Hardback – 2014-03-09
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