The Politics of Exile
Published January 23rd 2013 by Routledge – 214 pages
Written in both autoethnographical and narrative form, The Politics of Exile offers unique insight into the complex encounter of researcher with research subject in the context of the Bosnian War and its aftermath. Exploring themes of personal and civilizational guilt, of displaced and fractured identity, of secrets and subterfuge, of love and alienation, of moral choice and the impossibility of ethics, this work challenges us to recognise pure narrative as an accepted form of writing in international relations.
The author brings theory to life and gives corporeal reality to a wide range of concepts in international relations, including an exploration of the ways in which young academics are initiated into a culture where the volume of research production is more valuable than its content, and where success is marked not by intellectual innovation, but by conformity to theoretical expectations in research and teaching.
This engaging work will be essential reading for all students and scholars of international relations and global politics.
Elizabeth Dauphinee's moving book is so engaging because it is so self-aware, so achingly candid. Here is the book to read if you want to get even a glimpse of the impossible choices that one has to make when one becomes one of the world's "displaced." This book will stick to your ribs.
Cynthia Enloe, Author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War
This very thought provoking book challenges the notion that the injustice of war violence and misery of others can be grasped by a detached, rational scholar.
Maja Korac, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London
An extraordinary work that I found hard to put down each night, and whose emotions, echoes and affects disturbed my sleep and days…a very fine and powerful work of art that glows dangerously in the hands.
Anthony Burke, Associate Professor, International and Political Studies, UNSW Canberra, Australia.
Superb writing as well as an aesthetic sensitivity to the experiences on which the writing is based…It could well serve as the foundation text for courses on war.
Michael J Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii, USA.
Elizabeth Dauphinee is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests involve autoethnographic and narrative approaches to international relations, Levinasian ethics and international relations theory, and the philosophy of religion.