The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2010

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2012 - History - 393 pages
John Hobson claims that throughout its history most international theory has been embedded within various forms of Eurocentrism. Rather than producing value-free and universalist theories of inter-state relations, international theory instead provides provincial analyses that celebrate and defend Western civilization as the subject of, and ideal normative referent in, world politics. Hobson also provides a sympathetic critique of Edward Said's conceptions of Eurocentrism and Orientalism, revealing how Eurocentrism takes different forms, which can be imperialist or anti-imperialist, and showing how these have played out in international theory since 1760. The book thus speaks to scholars of international relations and also to all those interested in understanding Eurocentrism in the disciplines of political science/political theory, political economy/international political economy, geography, cultural and literary studies, sociology and, not least, anthropology.

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constructing Eurocentrism and international theory as Eurocentric construct
PART I 17601914 Manifest Eurocentrism and scientic racism in international theory
PART I I 19141945 The high tide of manifest Eurocentrism and the climax of scientific racism
PART I I I 19451989 Subliminal Eurocentrism in international theory
PART IV 19892010 Back to the future of manifest Eurocentrism in mainstream international theory
PART V Conclusion Mapping the promiscuous architecture of Eurocentrism in international theory 17602010

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John M. Hobson is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Everyday Politics of the World Economy (2007), co-edited with Leonard Seabrooke; The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation (2004); Historical Sociology of International Relations (2002), co-edited with Steve Hobden and The State and International Relations (2000).

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