Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781848132399 Published August 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848132382 Published August 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Decentering International Relations

Meghana Nayak and Eric Selbin

Decentering International Relations

Meghana Nayak and Eric Selbin

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224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2010  
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781848132399 Published August 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848132382 Published August 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Decentering International Relations seeks to actively confront, resist, and rewrite International Relations (IR), a heavily politicized field that is deeply centered in the North/West and privileges certain perspectives, pedagogies, and practices. Is it possible to break the chain of signifiers that always leads IR studies back to the US and its European allies? 

Through engagement with a variety of theories (ranging beyond the usual 'mainstream' versus 'critical/alternative' binary), and conversations with scholars, activists, and students, the authors invite the reader to participate in an accessible yet provocative experiment to decentre the North/West when we learn, study and do IR. In particular, they examine how the pressing issues of 'human rights', 'globalization', 'peace and security', and 'indigeneity' are simultaneously normative inventions meant to sustain particular power structures and sites for insurgent and subversive attempts to live IR at the margins.

Selbin and Nayak have written a remarkable and provocative re-envisioning of a globally important subject.
Contents
1. Introduction
2. Interventions
3. Indigenous Peoples: International Affairs...and Fantasies
4. Human Rights (and Wrongs)
5. Globalisation
6. (In)Security: Paradoxes of Peace and Violence
7. Conclusion
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