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Critical International Relations

Edited by Jenny Edkins

Routledge – 2013 – 1,836 pages

Series: Critical Concepts in International Relations

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Critical approaches to International Relations are now central to both current scholarship and contemporary teaching. Indeed, in the last decade or so, serious work that embraces traditions including, among others, the postcolonial, poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist, deconstructive, genealogical, and interpretive, has moved decisively from the periphery to centre stage. Moreover, Critical International Relations increasingly draws on critical approaches in other disciplines, such as Human Geography, Literary Studies, Performance Studies and the visual arts, as well as Critical Historiography and Critical Legal Studies.

To help users navigate and make sense of such an enormous, growing—and ever more complex—corpus of scholarship, Routledge is pleased to announce this new four-volume collection edited by Jenny Edkins. Critical International Relations answers the need for a one-stop reference resource to enable scholars and students readily to acquaint themselves with key themes and contributions that typify the use of critical approaches to International Relations in diverse temporal and geographical locations.

Much more than a historical survey of the field, or a simple assembly of works that may be regarded as ‘canonical’, the editor has brought together an innovative compilation of materials to reflect the vibrancy and excitement of Critical International Relations. And, in addition to those relatively new to the field who will especially benefit from this enterprise, the collection will also be welcomed by established researchers from across the disciplinary spectrum who are currently engaged in critical work on topics related to International Relations.

Volume I sets the scene. The materials gathered here explore how the space for a Critical International Relations was opened by early scholars; the theoretical and philosophical resources on which the field draws; and the methods and methodology it employs. Volumes II and III, meanwhile, bring together the major works by scholars of Critical International Relations, and those from cognate disciplines. The selections exemplify the approach, demonstrate the significance and specificity of Critical International Relations, and show how its assumptions and methods translate in practice into challenging and highly policy-relevant outputs. Finally, Volume IV includes sections on questions of pedagogy, interdisciplinarity, and the responsibility of scholars in relation to the growing dominance of Critical International Relations.

The collection is supplemented with a full index, and also includes a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor. It will be appreciated by scholars, students, and researchers as a vital reference and pedagogic resource.



Opening the Space for a Critical International Politics

1. J. George and D. Campbell, ‘Patterns of Dissent and the Celebration of Difference: Critical Social Theory and International Relations’, International Studies Quarterly, 1990, 34, 269–93.

2. A. Darby and A. J. Paolini, ‘International Relations and Postcolonialism’, Alternatives, 1994, 19, 3, 371–97.

3. M. Zalewski, ‘Well, What is the Feminist Perspective on Bosnia?’, International Affairs, 1995, 71, 2, 339–56.

4. K. Shaw, ‘Indigeneity and the International’, Millennium, 2002, 31, 1, 55–81.

5. M. de Goede, ‘Beyond Economism in International Political Economy’, Review of International Studies, 2003, 29, 1, 79–97.

6. L. Frost, ‘Aesthetics and Politics’, Global Society, 2010, 24, 3, 433–443.

Theoretical and Methodological Resources

7. K. Marx, ‘Preface to "A Critique of Political Economy" [1859]’, Karl Marx: Selected Writings, ed. D. McLellan (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 424–8.

8. F. Fanon, ‘The Fact of Blackness’ [1952], Black Skin, White Masks, trans. C. L. Markmann (London: Pluto, 2008), pp. 82–92.

9. G. Bachelard, ‘The Dialectics of Outside and Inside’ [1958], The Poetics of Space, trans. Maria Jolas (Boston: Beacon Press, 1994), pp. 211–31.

10. J. Derrida, ‘Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences’ [1967], Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass (London: Routledge, 2005), pp. 351–70.

11. L. Irigaray, ‘Any Theory of the "Subject" Has Always Been Appropriated by the "Masculine"’ [1974], Speculum of the Other Woman, trans. G. C. Gill (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1985), pp. 133–46.

12. M. Foucault, ‘Truth and Power’ [1977], in C. Gordon (ed.), Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972–1977 by Michel Foucault (Brighton: Harvester, 1980), pp. 109–33.

13. E. Said, ‘Latent and Manifest Orientalism’, Orientalism [1977] (London: Penguin, 2003), pp. 201–25.

14. G. Deleuze and F. Guattari, ‘Introduction: Rhizomes’, A Thousand Plateaus [1980] (London: Athlone, 1987), pp. 3–25.

15. E. Scarry, ‘Introduction’, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985), pp. 3–23.

16. S. Kofman, Smothered Words, trans. Madeleine Dobie (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1987), pp. 14–30.

17. J. Kristeva, ‘Might not Universality Be … Our Own Foreignness?’, Strangers to Ourselves, trans. Leon S. Roudiez (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991), pp. 169–92.

18. T. T. Minh-Ha, ‘The Story Began Long Ago’, Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989), pp. 1–2.

19. J. Butler, ‘Bodies that Matter’, Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’ (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 27–55.

20. C. Caruth, ‘Trauma and Experience: Introduction’, Trauma: Explorations in Memory (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1995), pp. 3–12.

21. G. Agamben, ‘Introduction’, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life [1995], trans. D. Heller-Roazen (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1998), pp. 1–12.

22. J. Rancière, ‘Ten Theses on Politics’, Theory & Event, 2001, 5, 3, 1–16.

23. A. Nandy, ‘Contending Stories in the Culture of Indian Politics: Traditions and the Future of Democracy’, in Nandy (ed.), Time Warps: The Insistent Politics of Silent and Evasive Pasts (New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2002), pp. 13–35.

Volume II: Empirical interventions I : economy, development, identity

Economy, Finance, Capitalism

24. R. B. Persaud, ‘Racial Assumptions in Global Labor Recruitment and Supply’, Alternatives, 2001, 26, 4, 377–99.

25. G. Clark, N. Thrift, and A. Tickell, ‘Performing Finance: The Industry, the Media and its Image’, Review of International Political Economy, 2004, 11, 2, 289–310.

26. S. Nield, ‘There is Another World: Space, Theatre and Global Anti-capitalism’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 2006, 16, 1, 51–61.

27. D. Blaney and N. Inayatullah, ‘Undressing the Wound of Wealth: Political Economy as a Cultural Project’, in J. Best and M. Paterson (eds.), Cultural Political Economy (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 29–47.

28. V. S. Peterson, ‘Informalization, Inequalities and Global Insecurities’, International Studies Review, 2010, 12, 2, 244–70.

29. G. Standing, ‘The Precariat: From Denizens to Citizens?’, Polity, 2012, 44, 4, 588–608.

Development, Aid, Intervention

30. C. Sylvester, ‘Global "Development" Dramaturgies/Gender Stagings’, Borderlands, 2003, 2, 2.

31. C. Moulin and P. Nyers, ‘"We Live in a Country of UNHCR"—Refugee Protests and Global Political Society’, International Political Sociology, 2007, 1, 4, 356–72.

32. C. Elliott, ‘The Day Democracy Died: The Depoliticizing Effects of Democratic Development’, Alternatives, 2009, 34, 3, 249–74.

33. D. Bulley, ‘The Politics of Ethical Foreign Policy: A Responsibility to Protect Whom?’, European Journal of International Relations, 2010, 16, 3, 441–61.

34. M. Duffield, ‘Risk-Management and the Fortified Aid Compound: Everyday Life in Post-Interventionary Society’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2010, 4, 4, 453–74.

35. L. Zanotti, ‘Cacophonies of Aid, Failed State Building and NGOs in Haiti: Setting the Stage for Disaster, Envisioning the Future’, Third World Quarterly, 2010, 31, 5, 755–71.

36. A. Mitchell and L. Kelly, ‘Peaceful Spaces? "Walking" through the New Liminal Spaces of Peacebuilding and Development in North Belfast’, Alternatives, 2011, 36, 4, 307–25.

37. J. Dankoff, ‘Toward a Development Discourse Inclusive of Music’, Alternatives, 2011, 36, 3, 257–69.

Identity, Decoloniality, Difference

38. S. N. Grovogui, ‘Come to Africa: A Hermeneutics of Race in International Theory’, Alternatives, 2001, 26, 4, 425–48.

39. C. Ballantine, ‘Re-thinking "Whiteness"? Identity, Change and "White" Popular Music in Post-Apartheid South Africa’, Popular Music, 2004, 23, 2, 105–31.

40. J. T. Johnson, ‘Indigeneity’s Challenges to the White Settler-State: Creating a Thirdspace for Dynamic Citizenship’, Alternatives, 2008, 33, 1, 29–52.

41. M. Suetsugu, ‘Dividing Practices, Subjectivity, Subalternity’, Alternatives, 2010, 35, 4, 401–23.

42. A. H. M. Nordin, ‘Taking Baudrillard to the Fair Exhibiting China in the World at the Shanghai Expo’, Alternatives, 2012, 37, 2, 106–20.

43. H. Worthen, ‘Women and Microcredit: Alternative Readings of Subjectivity, Agency, and Gender Change in Rural Mexico’, Gender, Place & Culture, 2012, 19, 3, 364–81.

Volume III: Empirical interventions II : movement, violence, accountability

Migration, Movement, Borders

44. C. Aradau, ‘The Perverse Politics of Four-Letter Words: Risk and Pity in the Securitisation of Human Trafficking’, Millennium, 2004, 33, 2, 251–77.

45. R. L. Doty, ‘Fronteras Compasivas and the Ethics of Unconditional Hospitality’, Millennium, 2006, 35, 1, 53–74.

46. M. Budz, ‘A Heterotopian Analysis of Maritime Refugee Incidents’, International Political Sociology, 2009, 3, 1, 18–35.

47. E. Puumala and S. Pehkonen, ‘Corporeal Choreographies Between Politics and the Political: Failed Asylum Seekers Moving from Body Politics to Bodyspaces’, International Political Sociology, 2010, 4, 1, 50–65.

48. D. Tangseefa, ‘Taking Flight in Condemned Grounds: Forcibly Displaced Karens and the Thai-Burmese In-Between Spaces’, Alternatives, 2006, 31, 4, 405–29.

49. R. Vij, ‘Temporality, Civic Engagement, and Alterity Indo-Kei in Contemporary Japan’, Alternatives, 2012, 37, 1, 3–29.

Violence, War, Security

50. C. Weber, ‘Flying Planes Can Be Dangerous’, Millennium, 2002, 31, 1, 129–47.

51. M. Stern, ‘"We" the Subject: The Power and Failure of (In)Security’, Security Dialogue, 2006, 37, 2, 187–205.

52. A. Howell, ‘Victims or Madmen? The Diagnostic Competition over "Terrorist" Detainees at Guantanamo Bay’, International Political Sociology, 2007, 1, 1, 29–47.

53. L. Lobo-Guerrero, ‘Biopolitics of Specialized Risk: An Analysis of Kidnap and Ransom Insurance’, Security Dialogue, 2007, 38, 3, 315–34.

54. N. Vaughan-Williams, ‘The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes: New Border Politics?’, Alternatives, 2007, 32, 2, 177–95.

55. K. Grayson, ‘The Ambivalence of Assassination: Biopolitics, Culture and Political Violence’, Security Dialogue, 2012, 43, 1, 25–41.

Memory, Trauma, Accountability

56. T. Hawle, ‘The Ethics of Accounting: The Search for American Soldiers Missing in Vietnam’, Millennium, 2002, 31, 2, 271–95.

57. M. Zehfuss, ‘Forget September 11’, Third World Quarterly, 2003, 24, 3, 513–28.

58. K. Hite and K. Collins, ‘Memorial Fragments, Monumental Silences and Reawakenings in 21st-Century Chile’, Millennium, 2009, 38, 2, 379–400.

59. M. McDonald, ‘"Lest We Forget": The Politics of Memory and Australian Military Intervention’, International Political Sociology, 2010, 4, 3, 287–302.

60. F. Möller, ‘Rwanda Revisualized: Genocide, Photography, and the Era of the Witness’, Alternatives, 2010, 35, 2, 113–36.

61. A. Sagan, ‘African Criminals/African Victims: The Institutionalised Production of Cultural Narratives in International Criminal Law’, Millennium, 2010, 39, 1, 3–21.

62. T. W. Luke, ‘Actualized Affinities: A Nation’s Memories as Accumulating Artefacts and Appropriating Aesthetics from the Times of Reconstruction’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2011, 17, 56–68.

63. C. Kinnvall, ‘European Trauma, Governance and the Psychological Moment’, Alternatives, 2012, 37, 3, 266–81.

Volume IV: The Future of critical International Relations: protest, aesthetics, pedagogy

Protest, Resistance, Revolution

64. A. D. Morton, ‘La Resurreccion del Maiz: Globalisation, Resistance and the Zapatistas’, Millennium, 2002, 31, 1, 27–54.

65. J. Edkins and V. Pin-Fat, ‘Through the Wire: Relations of Power and Relations of Violence’, Millennium, 2005, 34, 1, 1–24.

66. C. Death, ‘Counter-Conducts in South Africa: Power, Government and Dissent at the World Summit’, Globalizations, 2011, 8, 4, 425–38.

67. R. G. Emerson, ‘Embracing Strangeness: The Politics of Solidarity’, Alternatives, 2011, 36, 3, 221–39.

68. L. Odysseos, ‘Governing Dissent in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve: "Development", Governmentality and Subjectification amongst Botswana’s Bushmen’, Globalizations, 2011, 8, 4, 439–55.

69. N. Soguk, ‘Uprisings in "Arab Streets", Revolutions in "Arab Minds"! A Provocation’, Globalizations, 2011, 8, 5, 595–9.

Aesthetics, Poetics, Storytelling

70. L. Disch, ‘Impartiality, Storytelling, and the Seductions of Narrative: An Essay at an Impasse’, Alternatives, 2003, 28, 2, 253–66.

71. K. Lindroos, ‘Aesthetic Political Thought: Benjamin and Marker Revisited’, Alternatives, 2003, 28, 2, 233–52.

72. M. J. Shapiro, ‘Slow Looking: The Ethics and Politics of Aesthetics’, Millennium, 2008, 37, 1, 181–97.

73. R. Bleiker and D. Hundt, ‘Ko Un and the Poetics of Postcolonial Identity’, Global Society, 2010, 24, 3, 331–49.

74. A. M. Agathangelou, ‘Making Anew an Arab Regional Order? On Poetry, Sex, and Revolution’, Globalizations, 2011, 8, 5, 581–94.

75. N. Inayatullah, ‘Falling and Flying: An Introduction’, in Inayatullah (ed.), Autobiographical International Relations I, IR (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 1–12.

76. J. Howell, ‘Beauty, Beasts and Burlas Imagery of Resistance in Southers Mexico’, Latin America Perspectives, 2012, 39, 3, 27–50.

77. T. Lundborg, ‘The Folding of Trauma, Architecture and the Politics of Rebuilding Ground Zero’, Alternatives, 2012, 27, 3, 240–52.

Activism, Pedagogy, University

78. J. Rancière, ‘An Intellectual Adventure’, The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation, trans. K. Ross (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1991), pp. 1–18.

79. F. Moten and S. Harney, ‘The University and the Undercommons’, Social Text, 2004, 22, 2, 102–15.

80. S. Smith, ‘Singing Our World into Existence: International Relations Theory and September 11’, International Studies Quarterly, 2004, 48, 3, 499–515.

81. J. Edkins, ‘Ethics and Practices of Engagement: Intellectuals as Experts’, International Relations, 2005, 19, 1, 64–9.

82. V. Jabri, ‘Critical Thought and Political Agency in Time of War’, International Relations, 2005, 19, 1, 70–8.

83. C. Eschle and B. Maiguashca, ‘Bridging the Academic/Activist Divide: Feminist Activism and the Teaching of Global Politics’, Millennium, 2006, 35, 1, 119–37.

84. K. Shaw and R. B. J. Walker, ‘Situating Academic Practice: Pedagogy, Critique and Responsibility’, Millennium, 2006, 35, 1, 155–65.

85. A. Stavrianakis, ‘Call to Arms: The University as a Site of Militarised Capitalism and a Site of the Struggle’, Millennium, 2006, 35, 1, 139–54.

86. G. Chowdhry, ‘Edward Said and Contrapuntal Reading: Implications for Critical Interventions in International Relations’, Millennium, 2007, 36, 1, 101–16.

87. A. Roy, ‘We are All Students of Color Now’, Representations, 2011, 116, 1, 177–88.

88. M. Zehfuss, ‘Culturally Sensitive War? The Human Terrain System and the Seduction of Ethics’, Security Dialogue, 2012, 42, 2, 175–90.

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