Decolonizing International Relations

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Branwen Gruffydd Jones
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Political Science - 275 pages
The modern discipline of International Relations (IR) is largely an Anglo-American social science. It has been concerned mainly with the powerful states and actors in the global political economy and dominated by North American and European scholars. However, this focus can be seen as Eurocentrism. Decolonizing International Relations exposes the ways in which IR has consistently ignored questions of colonialism, imperialism, race, slavery, and dispossession in the non-European world. The first part of the book addresses the form and historical origins of Eurocentrism in IR. The second part examines the colonial and racialized constitution of international relations, which tends to be ignored by the discipline. The third part begins the task of retrieval and reconstruction, providing non-Eurocentric accounts of selected themes central to international relations. Critical scholars in IR and international law, concerned with the need to decolonize knowledge, have authored the chapters of this important volume. It will appeal to students and scholars of international relations, international law, and political economy, as well as those with a special interest in the politics of knowledge, postcolonial critique, international and regional historiography, and comparative politics.

Contributions by: Antony Anghie, Alison J. Ayers, B. S. Chimni, James Thuo Gathii, Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui, Branwen Gruffydd Jones, Sandra Halperin, Sankaran Krishna, Mustapha Kamal Pasha, and Julian Saurin


International Relations as the Imperial Illusion or the Need to Decolonize IR Julian Saurin
International Relations Theory and the Hegemony of Western Conceptions of Modernity Sandra Halperin
Liberalism Islam and International Relations Mustapha Kamal Pasha
Race Amnesia and the Education of International Relations Sankaran Krishna
Decolonizing the Concept of Good Governance Antony Anghie
Dispossession through International Law Iraq in Historical and Comparative Context James Thuo Gathii
Beyond the Imperial Narrative African Political Historiography Revisited Alison J Ayers
Mind Body and Gut Elements of a Postcolonial Human Rights Discourse Siba NZatioula Grovogui
Retrieving Other Visions of the Future Sri Aurobindo and the Ideal of Human Unity B S Chimni
Imperatives Possibilities and Limitations Branwen Gruffydd Jones
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Branwen Gruffydd Jones is lecturer in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds.

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