Global Challenges: War, Self-Determination and Responsibility for Justice / Edition 1

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In the late twentieth century many writers and activists envisioned new possibilities of transnational cooperation toward peace and global justice. In this book Iris Marion Young aims to revive such hopes by responding clearly to what are seen as the global challenges of the modern day.

Inspired by claims of indigenous peoples, the book develops a concept of self-determination compatible with stronger institutions of global regulation. It theorizes new directions for thinking about federated relationships between peoples which assume that they need not be large or symmetrical. Young argues that the use of armed force to respond to oppression should be rare, genuinely multilateral, and follow a model of law enforcement more than war. She finds that neither cosmopolitan nor nationalist responses to questions of global justice are adequate and so offers a distinctive conception of responsibility, founded on participation in social structures, to describe the obligations that both individuals and organizations have in a world of global interdependence.

Young applies clear analysis and cogent moral arguments to concrete cases, including the wars against Serbia and Iraq, the meaning of the US Patriot Act, the conflict in Palestine/Israel, and working conditions in sweat shops.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Young's posthumous volume is a thought-provoking contribution tothe ongoing debate on how best to reformulate key concepts ininternational relations theory for the purpose of criticalanalysis."
Marit Hovdal Moan, Journal of Peace Research

"This work offers a new facet for international discourse notonly on violence, war and conflict resolution, but also aboutissues relating to sovereignty, global governance, peace andjustice. The author's knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject arecompelling. An admirable aspect of the book is the treatment of thetopics from theoretical and comparative perspectives before puttingthem into specific contexts; this provides the book's strength. Themassive amount of data and information assembled in the processalso offer much material to both the general reader and expertseager for an alternative approach to thinking about war, violence,peace building, sovereignty and conflict resolution."

"Global Challenges is a collection of essays that applyIris Young’s penetrating philosophical inquiry to some of themost important issues in world politics today. Young brings athoughtful critical analysis of self-determination, humanitarianintervention, violence, global democracy and justice to mattersranging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the anti-sweatshopmovement in the garment industry. This deeply ethical book is amust-read for students of global politics and international theory.Young’s courageous moral stand against injustice and wargives us a realistic road-map for a more just and peaceful future.Her wise counsel will be sorely missed."
J. Ann Tickner, University of Southern California

"This collection combines all that is remarkable in Iris MarionYoung’s work – her philosophical clarity, her moralanger with violence and injustice, and her irrepressible belief inthe possibility of a better world. Global Challenges helps us thinkmore clearly about what it means to bear responsibility forinjustices in other parts of the world, and what self-determinationmeans in a context of global interdependence."
Anne Phillips, London School of Economics

"Realistic, yet hopeful, these last essays by Iris Young showthat a different world is possible. She understands well themassive weight of globalizing structures that inflict violence,domination, uniformity. But her lucid analyses illustrate howintelligent politics can resist, deflect, and reform these forces– through new ideas, developed specifically for particularcontexts of oppression, and through collaboration with existingsocial movements (anti-war, anti-sweatshops). Appreciating how sheinterprets the world differently, we learn how to changeit."
Thomas Pogge, Columbia University

"Iris Marion Young was one of the truly original politicaltheorists of our dark times. She brought something new into theworld. This superb collection of articles on global politics, allfirst published between 2000 and 2006, is exemplary of hercourageous and challenging practice of critical thought at itsbest."
James Tully, University of Victoria

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745638355
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Young, University of Chicago

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Table of Contents



Part I: Self-Determination.

1: Hybrid Democracy: Iroquois Federalism and the PostcolonialProject.

2: Two Concepts of Self-Determination.

3: Self-Determination as Non-Domination: Ideals Applied toPalestine/Israel.

Part II: War and Violence.

4: Power, Violence and Legitimacy: A Reading of Hannah Arendt inan Age of.

Police Brutality and Humanitarian Intervention.

5: Envisioning a Global Rule of Law (with DanieleArchibugi).

6: The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on theCurrent Security.


7: De-Centering the Project of Global Democracy.

8: Reflections on Hegemony and Global Democracy.

Part III: Global Justice.

9: Responsibility, Social Connection, and Global LaborJustice.



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