Africa's Challenge To International Relations Theory / Edition 1

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Africa has been noticeably absent in international relations theory. This new collection of essays by contemporary Africanists convincingly demonstrates the importance of the continent to every theoretical approach in international relations. The book breaks new ground in how we think about both international relations and Africa, re-examining such foundational concepts as sovereignty, the state, and power; critically investigating the salience of realism, neo-liberalism, liberalism in Africa, and providing new thinking about regionalism, security, and identity.

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"...lucid pieces by John F. Clark, Siba Grovogui, and several others make this a valuable contribution to current debates on the rapidly changing world order." --Foreign Affairs

Most of the 13 essays were presented at a 1999 international studies conference in Washington, DC. The African and North American scholars disagree strongly with the western assumption<- ->usually but not always implicit<-->that Africa has no meaningful politics, only humanitarian disasters. Among the topics are quasi-statehood and other myths in international theory, Marcus Garvey and the making of a transnational identity, and reconceptualizing US foreign policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333918289
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/4/2001
  • Series: International Political Economy Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin C. Dunn is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Boston University, and has taught at Tufts University, Boston College, Boston University, St. Anselm College, and Appalachian State University.

Timothy M. Shaw is Professor of Political Science and International Development Studies, Dalhousie University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Africa and IR Theory--Kevin C. Dunn* Part I: Troubling Concepts
• Reformulating International Relations Theory: African Insights and Challenges--Assis Malaquias* Sovereignty in Africa: Quasi-Statehood and Other Myths in Internation Theory--Siba N. Grovogui* MadLib #32: The (blank) African State: Rethinking the Sovereign State in IR Theory--Kevin C. Dunn* Marketing the 'Rainbow Nation': The Power of the South African Music, Film, and Sports Industry--Janis Van Der Westhuizen* Part II: Theoretical Interventions
• Realism, Neo-Realism and Africa's International Relations in the Post-Cold War Era--John F. Clark* The End of History? African Challenges to Liberalism in International Relations--Tandeka Nkiwane* Re-Envisioning Sovereignty: Marcus Garvey and the Making of a Transnational Identity--Randolph B. Persaud* Controlling African States' Behavior: IR Theory and International Sanctions Against Libya and Nigeria--Sakuh Mahmud* Challenging Wesphalia: Issues of Sovereignty and Identity in Southern Africa--Sandra J. MacLean* The Brothers Grim: Modernity and "International" Relations in Southern Africa--Larry Swatuk* Part III: Implications and Policy Ramifications
• Reconceptualizing United States' Foreign Policy: Regionalism, Economic Development and Instability in Southern Africa--James Jude Hentz* African Foreign Policy in the New Millenium: From Coming Anarchies to Security Communities? From New Regionalism to New Realisms?--Timothy M. Shaw

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