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Decentering International Relations

Decentering International Relations by Meghana Nayak
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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.
Zed Books; August 2010
224 pages; ISBN 9781848139169
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Title: Decentering International Relations
Author: Meghana Nayak; Eric Selbin
 
ISBNs
1848132409
9781848132382
9781848132405
9781848139169