Global Politics: A New Introduction

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Jenny Edkins, Maja Zehfuss
Routledge, 2009 - Political Science - 524 pages
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Global Politics: A New Introduction is an innovative new textbook that provides a completely original way of teaching and learning about world politics. The book engages directly with the issues in global politics that students are most interested in, helping them to understand the key questions and theories and also to develop a critical and inquiring perspective.

Key features of Global Politics: A New Introduction:

  • Examines the most significant issues in global politics from war, peacebuilding, terrorism, security and authority to poverty, development, postcolonialism, human rights, gender, inequality, ethnicity and what we can do to change the world
  • Each chapter is written to a common structure which is ideal for teaching and learning and features a key question, an illustrative example, general responses and larger issues
  • Integrates theory and practice throughout the text, by presenting theoretical ideas and concepts in conjunction with a global range of historical and contemporary case studies
  • Draws on theoretical perspectives from a broad range of disciplines including international relations, political theory, postcolonial studies, sociology, geography, peace studies, development
  • Extensively illustrated throughout with 169 maps, photos, figures and cartoons as well as extensive pedagogic features to further learning, including a support website which provides podcast interviews with contributors, weblinks and downloadable maps
  • Features an international line-up of leading scholars.

Global Politics: A New Introduction is an original, groundbreaking, engaged and intellectually stimulating textbook for core courses on world politics, international politics and international relations.


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About the author (2009)

Jenny Edkins is Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University and has also taught at the University of Manchester and the Open University. Her publications include Missing: Persons and Politics (Cornell University Press 2011), Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2003) and Whose Hunger? Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (University of Minnesota Press 2000, 2008). She is co-editor (with Nick Vaughan-Williams) of the Routledge book series Interventions, and co-organiser of the Gregynog Ideas Lab Summer School in PostInternational Politics. She is currently completing a book with the working title Making Faces, Making a Politics (Routledge 2013).

Maja Zehfuss is Professor of International Politics and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Constructivism in International Relations: The Politics of Reality (Cambridge University Press 2002) and Wounds of Memory: Politics of War in Germany (Cambridge University Press 2007). Her current research examines the politics of ethics in the context of war. She is a member of the National Academy of Teaching.

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