About the Author
Kurt Jacobsen is a journalist, award-winning filmmaker, and an Associate (formerly Research Associate and Lecturer) in the Program for International Politics, Economics and Security (PIPES) at the University of Chicago. He also has taught at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Rutgers University, Imperial College London and has been a Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics on many occasions. He is the author or editor of ten books.
Table of Contents1.Introduction: Politics All The Way Down.- 2. Perestroika in American Political Science.- 3. Dueling Constructivisms: A Postmortem on the Ideas Debate in IR/IPE.- 4. Why Do States (Bother to) Deceive?: Managing Trust at Home and Abroad.-5. COIN Flips: Counterinsurgency and American International Relations.- 6. Why Freud Matters: Psychoanalysis and IR Revisited.- 7. The Mystique of Genetic Correctness.- 8. Loose Ends: Considerations on the Aftermaths of the Celtic Tiger and the 'Northern Troubles'.- 9. Conclusion.
What People are Saying About This
“Jacobsen delivers, in this wide-ranging, persuasively-argued and brilliant volume a comprehensive hammering to all thin models of rational human action: a hammering from which they will not soon recover. In political science and international relations theory, he is that rare fish who insists on talking about the water. As critique and as a robust defense of a broader understanding of politics, it excels magnificently.” (James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University, USA)
“Through an eclectic set of case studies and a wide array of literatureand always written with elanKurt Jacobsen offers a sophisticated unmasking of the “masks of reason” in various areas of international politics. Positivist methods, constructivism, realism, counterinsurgency theory, and neoliberal economics pass under his critical eye, provoking readers to think on every page.” (Ken Booth, President of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Affairs, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK, and Editor of International Relations)
“Masks of Reason develops a rewarding methodologically pluralist overview of contemporary mainstream international relations scholarship, which turns to Mannheim, Freud, and the Frankfurt School to articulate a nuanced critique of the delusions and dysfunctionalities at the heart of “disciplinary IR.” From the failings of constructivist and rational decision-making analysis to the flaws in counterinsurgency doctrine and neoliberal development, Jacobsen's relationalist criticism unmasks why the orthodoxies of professional correctness must be left behind by international relations scholars to deal with today's domestic challenges and foreign threats.” (Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA)