Theorizing International Relations: A Dialectical Approach

Theorizing International Relations: A Dialectical Approach

by Andreas H. Hvidsten


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Theories of international relations (IR theory) aim to both explain and inform the practice of international politics. In A Dialectical Approach to Theorizing International Relations, Andreas H. Hvidsten investigates different ways of understanding this dual nature of theory through a re-reading of the canonical theoretical literature in IR. He shows how the relation between the analytical and the critical function of theory has profound implications for studying international politics, and makes the case for a dialectical understanding of theorizing as a way of reconciling the tension between analysis and critique inherent in IR theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498588614
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 05/23/2019
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Andreas H. Hvidsten is postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society.

Table of Contents

1 The analytical-critical duality of IR theory
2 Dialectics
3 Essentialism
4 Constructivism
5 The dialectical horizon of theorizing international politics
6 The hope and tragedy of a global dialogical community

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