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Interventions

Series Editor: Jenny Edkins, Nick Vaughan-Williams

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

The series aims to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural and post-colonial 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.

New and Published Books

1-10 of 58 results in Interventions
  1. International Intervention in a Secular Age

    Re-Enchanting Humanity?

    By Audra Mitchell

    Series: Interventions

    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...

    Published April 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. The New Violent Cartography

    Geo-Analysis after the Aesthetic Turn

    Edited by Samson Opondo, Michael J. Shapiro

    Series: Interventions

    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...

    Published March 20th 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

    By Jessica Auchter

    Series: Interventions

    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...

    Published March 9th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Imagining World Politics

    Sihar & Shenya, A Fable for Our Times

    By L.H.M. Ling

    Series: Interventions

    This book offers a non-Western feminist perspective on world politics and international relations. Creative, innovative, and challenging, it seeks completely to transform contemporary Eurocentric and masculinist IR by re-presenting it in non-Western, non-masculinist, and non-academic terms. Drawing...

    Published February 4th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Democracy Promotion

    A Critical Introduction

    By Jeff Bridoux, Milja Kurki

    Series: Interventions

    This critical introduction to democracy promotion seeks to provide students with an understanding of some of the key dynamics and contentions revolving around this controversial policy agenda. Specifically, this textbook examines democracy promotion through seeking to answer, from the perspective...

    Published February 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  6. Critical Environmental Politics

    Edited by Carl Death

    Series: Interventions

    The aim of this book is to review central concepts in the study of environmental politics and to open up new questions, problems, and research agendas in the field. The volume does so by drawing on a wide range of approaches from critical theory to poststructuralism, and spanning disciplines...

    Published November 11th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Memory and Trauma in International Relations

    Theories, Cases and Debates

    Edited by Erica Resende, Dovile Budryte

    Series: Interventions

    This work seeks to provide a comprehensive and accessible survey of the international dimension of trauma and memory and its manifestations in various cultural contexts. Drawing together contributions and case studies from scholars around the globe, the book explores the international political...

    Published November 4th 2013 by Routledge

  8. International Politics and Performance

    Critical Aesthetics and Creative Practice

    Edited by Jenny Edkins, Adrian Kear

    Series: Interventions

    In recent years we have witnessed an increasing convergence of work in International Politics and Performance Studies around the troubled, and often troubling, relationship between politics and aesthetics. Whilst examination of political aesthetics, aesthetic politics, and politics of aesthetic...

    Published November 4th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Insuring War

    Sovereignty, Security and Risk

    By Luis Lobo-Guerrero

    Series: Interventions

    Insurance is a central, if until now ignored, instrument of war in the modern period. Ever since the eighteenth century, interaction between governments and insurers in Western countries has materialised in the form of war risk schemes that have contributed to the waging of war and the preservation...

    Published October 31st 2013 by Routledge

  10. Politics of Violence

    Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the name

    By Charlotte Heath-Kelly

    Series: Interventions

    Critical thinkers like Foucault, Benjamin, Derrida and Žižek have long challenged the liberal separation of violence and politics by highlighting the implicit violence within political and economic structures. But in an era of international terrorism and counter-terrorism, should we not also...

    Published October 30th 2013 by Routledge