Reframing the International: Law, Culture, Politics

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Overview

Re-Framing the International insists that, if we are to properly face the challenges of the coming century, we need to re-examine international politics and development through the prism of ethics and morality. International relations must now contend with a widening circle of participants reflecting the diversity and uneveness of status, memory, gender, race, culture and class.

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Editorial Reviews

Saskia Sassen
An original and exciting contribution to the urgent task of interrogating the political, cultural and social practices that underpin international law and the framing of the international more generally. The transformations brought about by globalization have made of international law one of the crucial sites for key principles of the legal and political order.
Paul Wapner
Our understanding of international law and world politics have long suffered from a 'hardening of the categories.' Reframing the International offers a refreshing and important antidote to this malady. It interrogates many of our most cherished orientations and demonstrates how reframing inquiry into global political life allows greater insight and opens new possibilities for action.
Ronnie D. Lipschutz
The walls! The walls! Tear down those walls! Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, the walls of the 20th century have been closing back in. The siren calls of state, sovereignty, and security are offered as comfort but they continue to pose, as ever, danger, violence, and imprisonment. Reframing the International reminds us, pointedly, that the old truths of international relations are no answer to the new realities of the 21st century.
John Cavanagh
Stretch you mind with Reframing the International as some of the most creative thinkers of our time launch the right conversations for understanding what is possible in overcoming the deeply imbedded structures of injustice that too often govern our lives and discourse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415931762
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Falk is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and Emeritus Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University. R.B.J. Walker is Professor of International Relations at Keele University, and editor of the journal Alternatives. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz is Professor of Theology and Culture at the New York Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The International and the Challenge of Speculative Reason
Ch. 1 After the Future: Enclosures, Connections, Politics 3
Ch. 2 "Tainted by Contingency": Retelling the Story of International Law 26
Ch. 3 Reframing the Legal Agenda of World Order in the Course of a Turbulent Century 46
Ch. 4 The Ideas of 1989: The Origins of the Concept of Global Civil Society 70
Ch. 5 Overcoming the Dysfunction of the Bifurcated Global System: The Promise of a Peoples Assembly 83
Ch. 6 Orders of Inhumanity 107
Ch. 7 From Modernization to Democratization: The Political Economy of the "New" International Law 136
Ch. 8 In Pursuit of the "Body Politic": Ethics, Spirituality, and Diaspora 163
Ch. 9 Conflict, Convergence, or Coexistence? The Relevance of Culture in Reframing World Order 187
Ch. 10 Feminist Futures: Contesting the Political 218
About the Contributors 249
Index 251
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