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Worlding Beyond the West

Series Editor: Arlene B. Tickner, David Blaney, Christian Bueger, Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Ole Wæver

Historically, the International Relations (IR) discipline has established its boundaries, issues, and theories based upon Western experience and traditions of thought. This series explores the role of geocultural factors, institutions, and academic practices in creating the concepts, epistemologies, and methodologies through which IR knowledge is produced. This entails identifying alternatives for thinking about the "international" that are more in tune with local concerns and traditions outside the West. But it also implies provincializing Western IR and empirically studying the practice of producing IR knowledge at multiple sites within the so-called ‘West’.

We welcome book proposals in areas such as:

  • Critiques of Western-centric scholarship and policy-making.
  • The emergence of new theories and approaches from ‘the periphery’.
  • The challenges for the discipline at large in accommodating its post-Western phase, and the political and ethical dilemmas involved in this.
  • Concrete studies of the results of approaching issues and agendas in ‘the periphery’ with the tools offered by core thinking.
  • Work by scholars from the non-West about local, national, regional or global issues, reflecting on the importance of different perspectives and of geocultural epistemologies.
  • Studies of ‘travelling theory’ – how approaches, concepts and theories get modified, re-casted and translated in different contexts.
  • The meaning and evolution of major concepts in particular regions, such as security thinking, concepts of globalisation and power, understandings of ‘economy’ and ‘development’ or other key categories in particular regions.
  • The sociology of the discipline in different places – with a focus on a country, a region, on specific research communities/schools, subfields, or on specific institutions such as academic associations, journals, foundations or think tanks.
  • Empirical studies of epistemic practices and the conditions of knowledge production in different Western and non-Western locales and sites.
  • Studies of the interaction between different knowledge producers, such as processes of expertise or the dialogue between intellectuals, academics, bureaucrats and policy elites.

New and Published Books

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  1. Border Thinking on the Edges of the West

    Crossing Over the Hellespont

    By Andrew Davison

    Series: Worlding Beyond the West

    Drawing on scholarly and life experience on, and over, the historically posited borders between "West" and "East," the work identifies, interrogates, and challenges a particular, enduring, violent inheritance – what it means to cross over a border – from the classical origins of Western political...

    Published January 8th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Claiming the International

    Edited by Arlene B. Tickner, David L. Blaney

    Series: Worlding Beyond the West

    This book explores the possibilities of alternative worldings beyond those authorized by the disciplinary norms and customs of International Relations. In response to the boundary-drawing practices of IR that privilege the historical experience and scholarly folkways of the "West," the...

    Published August 5th 2013 by Routledge

  3. International Relations in France

    Writing between Discipline and State

    By Henrik Breitenbauch

    Series: Worlding Beyond the West

    Why is the French International Relations (IR) discipline different from the transnational-American discipline? By analysing argument structures in research articles across time, this book shows how the discipline in France is caught between the American character of the discipline and the French...

    Published May 15th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Thinking International Relations Differently

    Edited by Arlene B. Tickner, David L. Blaney

    Series: Worlding Beyond the West

    A host of voices has risen to challenge Western core dominance of the field of International Relations (IR), and yet, intellectual production about world politics continues to be highly skewed. This book is the second volume in a trilogy of titles that tries to put the "international" back into IR...

    Published February 6th 2012 by Routledge

  5. International Relations Scholarship Around the World

    Edited by Arlene B. Tickner, Ole Wæver

    Series: Worlding Beyond the West

    It has become widely accepted that the discipline of International Relations (IR) is ironically not "international" at all. IR scholars are part of a global discipline with a single, shared object of study - the world, and yet theorizing gravitates around a number of concepts that have been...

    Published June 18th 2009 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Worlding Brazil: Intellectuals, Identity and Security
    By Laura Lima
    To Be Published December 10th 2014
  2. International Relations and American Dominance: A Diverse Discipline
    By Helen Turton
    To Be Published May 30th 2015
  3. International Relations Theory: Views Beyond the West
    Edited by Nizar Messari, Arlene B. Tickner, L.H.M. Ling
    To Be Published October 30th 2015

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