Reframing the International
Law, Culture, Politics
Edited by Richard Falk, R.B.J. Walker, Lester Ruiz
Routledge – 2002 – 272 pages
Re-Framing the International insists that, if we are to properly face the challenges of the coming century, we need to re-examine international politics and development through the prism of ethics and morality. International relations must now contend with a widening circle of participants reflecting the diversity and uneveness of status, memory, gender, race, culture and class.
"An original and exciting contribution to the urgent task of interrogating the political, cultural and social practices that underpin international law and the framing of the international more generally. The transformations brought about by globalization have made of international law one of the crucial sites for key principles of the legal and political order." -- Saskia Sassen, Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago, and author of Guests and Aliens
"Our understanding of international law and world politics have long suffered from a 'hardening of the categories.' Reframing the International offers a refreshing and important antidote to this malady. It interrogates many of our most cherished orientations and demonstrates how reframing inquiry into global political life allows greater insight and opens new possibilities for action." -- Paul Wapner, Associate Professor and Director, Global Environmental Politics Program, American University
"The walls! The walls! Tear down those walls! Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, the walls of the 20th century have been closing back in. The siren calls of state, sovereignty, and security are offered as comfort but they continue to pose, as ever, danger, violence, and imprisonment. Reframing the International reminds us, pointedly, that the old truths of international relations are no answer to the new realities of the 21st century." -- Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Stretch you mind with Reframing the International as some of the most creative thinkers of our time launch the right conversations for understanding what is possible in overcoming the deeply imbedded structures of injustice that too often govern our lives and discourse." -- John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of Field Guide to the Global Economy
Richard A. Falk is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and Emeritus Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University. R.B.J. Walker is Professor of International Relations at Keele University, and editor of the journal Alternatives. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz is Professor of Theology and Culture at the New York Theological Seminary.