Critical Theorists and International Relations

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Jenny Edkins, Nick Vaughan-Williams
Routledge, Feb 10, 2009 - Philosophy - 424 pages

A wide range of critical theorists is used in the study of international politics, and until now there has been no text that gives concise and accessible introductions to these figures. Critical Theorists and International Relations provides a wide-ranging introduction to thirty-two important theorists whose work has been influential in thinking about global politics.

Each chapter is written by an expert with a detailed knowledge of the theorist concerned, representing a range of approaches under the rubric ‘critical’, including Marxism and post-Marxism, the Frankfurt School, hermeneutics, phenomenology, postcolonialism, feminism, queer theory, poststructuralism, pragmatism, scientific realism, deconstruction and psychoanalysis.

Key features of each chapter include:

  • a clear and concise biography of the relevant thinker
  • an introduction to their key writings and ideas
  • a summary of the ways in which these ideas have influenced and are being used in international relations scholarship
  • a list of suggestions for further reading

Written in engaging and accessible prose, Critical Theorists and International Relations is a unique and invaluable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars of international relations.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Theodor Adorno
7
2 Giorgio Agamben
19
3 Hannah Arendt
31
4 Alain Badiou
42
5 Jean Baudrillard
54
6 Simone de Beauvoir
66
7 Walter Benjamin
77
18 GWF Hegel
199
19 Martin Heidegger
205
20 Immanuel Kant
217
21 Julia Kristeva
221
22 Emmanuel Levinas
235
23 Karl Marx
246
24 JeanLuc Nancy
251
25 Friedrich Nietzsche
263

8 Roy Bhaskar
89
9 Pierre Bourdieu
102
10 Judith Butler
114
11 Gilles Deleuze
125
12 Jacques Derrida
137
13 Frantz Fanon
150
14 Michel Foucault
161
15 Sigmund Freud
171
16 Antonio Gramsci
176
17 Jürgen Habermas
187
26 Jacques Rancière
266
27 Richard Rorty
278
28 Edward Said
292
29 Carl Schmitt
305
30 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
317
31 Paul Virilio
330
32 Slavoj Žižek
341
Bibliography
354
Index
389
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About the author (2009)

Jenny Edkins is Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Her books include Global Politics: A New Introduction, with Maja Zehfuss (Routledge, 2008)

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter. He is co-editor of Terrorism and the Politics of Response (Routledge 2008).