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The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2010
     

The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2010

by John M. Hobson
 

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John Hobson claims that throughout its history most international theory has been embedded within various forms of Eurocentrism. Rather than producing value-free and universalist theories of inter-state relations, international theory instead provides provincial analyses that celebrate and defend Western civilization as the subject of, and ideal normative referent

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John Hobson claims that throughout its history most international theory has been embedded within various forms of Eurocentrism. Rather than producing value-free and universalist theories of inter-state relations, international theory instead provides provincial analyses that celebrate and defend Western civilization as the subject of, and ideal normative referent in, world politics. Hobson also provides a sympathetic critique of Edward Said's conceptions of Eurocentrism and Orientalism, revealing how Eurocentrism takes different forms, which can be imperialist or anti-imperialist, and showing how these have played out in international theory since 1760. The book thus speaks to scholars of international relations and also to all those interested in understanding Eurocentrism in the disciplines of political science/political theory, political economy/international political economy, geography, cultural and literary studies, sociology and, not least, anthropology.

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"With his survey of two and a half centuries of conceptualizing world politics, Hobson launches an extended, comprehensive polemic against what he defines as Eurocentric theory ... This is a book for the most dedicated readers - it is recommended as a fertile source of material to argue over."
R. P. Peters, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107604544
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

John M. Hobson is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Everyday Politics of the World Economy (2007), co-edited with Leonard Seabrooke; The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation (2004); Historical Sociology of International Relations (2002), co-edited with Steve Hobden and The State and International Relations (2000).

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