Innovation and Transformation in International Studies

Innovation and Transformation in International Studies


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This book explores the nature of, and conditions for, theoretical innovation in International Studies. Highlighting classic and new research problems, this collection of critically minded, original essays pushes International Relations scholarship in uncharted directions. Bridging social theory and International Relations Theory, it searches for sources of intellectual innovation in the everyday lives of ordinary people. The seventeen contributors are drawn from four continents and include such leading scholars as Richard Falk, James Rosenau, Yoshikazu Sakamoto and Susan Strange. Although a diverse group, they find the contemporary world order is in the throes of a structural transformation, which can be partly understood in terms of emancipation: the self-actualisation of human potential and community that looks beyond the current era in which neo-liberal globalisation is dominant, to a more democratic and just world order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521591058
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/15/1997
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributorsxi
Part IRethinking and remaking the roots of global social and political theory
1Transformation and innovation in the study of world order5
2Consciousness, myth and collective action: Gramsci, Sorel and the ethical state25
3The critical realist tradition and the demystification of interstate power: E. H. Carr, Hedley Bull and Robert W. Cox39
4Ibn Khaldun and world order56
Part IIPolitical economy: the social and ecological anatomy of transformation
5Ecology, political economy and the counter-movement: Karl Polanyi and the second great transformation75
6Braudelian reflections on economic globalisation: the historian as pioneer90
7Social forces and international political economy: joining the two IRs105
8Transnational class formation and state forms115
Part IIITransformation, innovation and emancipation in global political and civil society
9Globalisation and contested common sense in the United States138
10The silent revolution and the weapons of the weak: transformation and innovation from below153
11Frantz Fanon, race and world order170
12Whose crisis? Early and post-modern masculinism185
Part IVReflections on global order in the twenty-first century
13Civil society and democratic world order207
14Imposing global orders: a synthesised ontology for a turbulent era220
15The problem or the solution? Capitalism and the state system236
16Rethinking innovation in International Studies: global transformation at the turn of the millennium248
Index of names288
Index of subjects291

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