Global Politics As If People Mattered / Edition 1

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What would international relations look like if our theories and analyses began with individuals, families, and communities instead of executives, nation-states, and militaries? After all, it is people who make up cities, states, and corporations, and it is their beliefs and behaviors that explain why some parts of the world seem so peaceful while others appear so violent, why some societies are so rich while others are so poor. This unique look at contemporary global politics begins with people, treating them as "social individuals" with free will and human agency even as they are limited and disciplined by rules and rulers. Offering a fresh approach to global politics, this dynamic author team trades perspectives with each other and with such eminent social theorists as Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt to develop their resonant theme. Using practical examples as well as theory, the authors show students how they can take charge of their lives and the politics that affect them, even in the context of a vast global economy and impersonal international forces that sometimes seem out of control. Filled with idealism, yet firmly grounded in current realities, Global Politics as if People Mattered is a fresh take on the proper place and potential of individuals in world politics—front and center, actively engaged in a way of life that is as politically personal as it is politically powerful. Helping students and others to carve out their own political space in the contemporary global order is a major aim of this unusual text.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Peace Research
[This] work consolidates important critiques of traditional IR theories for absorption by a beginner undergraduate audience. This is an important task, and the book covers an admirable amount of literature. The authors' use of many examples to support their critiques is useful and fitting. Overall, the book addresses important issues and an important audience.
Political Studies Review
It is unusually refreshing to see a volume on global politics that keeps real people and their agency, in addition to abstract concepts, at its centre. This book makes an admirable attempt to do just that while keeping international theory to the fore. For these reasons, it should serve as both a standalone and companion volume in courses on global politics....This seems to me a great book for stimulating discussion, critical reflection and further research.
Anglican Theological Review
While this book inevitably includes [political] leaders in its comprehensive treatment of the field, the book is to be commended because it also includes 'people living normal lives in what are ordinary settings by the standards of their time and place'....The artful application of such an 'ethnography of everyday life' provides an empowering (rather than forbidding) introduction to the IR field....Often-unasked questions of power and privilege in the traditional texts thus become central theses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742510906
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: New Millennium Books in International Studies Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann TĂ©treault is the Una Chapman Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at Trinity University. Ronnie D. Lipschutz is professor of politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Global Politics Because People Matter Chapter 2 People, Households, and the World Chapter 3 People and Power Chapter 4 People and Economy Chapter 5 People and States Chapter 6 People and Borders Chapter 7 People and War Chapter 8 People and Justice Chapter 9 People and Globalization Chapter 10 People Matter

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