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What is at stake in building "non-western" international relations theory?
Éditeur Routledge
Année 2018
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What is at stake in building "non-western" international relations theory?
1 vol. (X-112 pages) ; 23 cm
La couverture porte en plus : "Routledge Focus"
Bibliogr. p. [95]-109. Index
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Opening up the debate over "non-western" international relations (IR) ; The extent of diversity in IR : multiple dimensions ; Why is IR so western/positivist-centric? ; Broadening IR through dialogue : bridging the positivist/post-positivist divide ; Broadening IR through dialogue : interweaving western IR theory with the indigenous experience of Asia ; Conclusion : reflexive solidarity
"International Relations (IR) as a discipline is often deemed to be 'too Western' centric. It has been argued that much of mainstream IR theory is 'simply an abstraction of Western history.' In this respect, many IR scholars have called for 'broadening' the theoretical horizon of IR while problematising the Western parochialism of the discipline, and it is increasingly acknowledged that IR needs to embrace a wider range of histories, experiences, and theoretical perspectives, particularly those outside of the West. However, despite such a meaningful debate over broadening the theoretical and practical horizons of IR, several critical questions remain unclear and under-explored. For example, does IR need to embrace pluralism? If so, how much? To what extent, and in what sense, is IR parochial? Should IR promote dialogue across theoretical and spatial divides? If so, how? [The author] addresses these questions. He undertakes a literature review and an empirical analysis of the extent to which the field has actually become diverse and pluralistic. This investigation considers diversity beyond the current limited focus on the geographical origins of theory. [The author] also draws attention to the mechanisms and processes of knowledge production and transmission in IR. More importantly, he addresses what is probably the most acute issue associated with the 'non-Western' IR theory-building enterprise; namely, fragmentation and dialogue. In conclusion, [the author] notes that the role of unsettling the present hierarchical structure of the discipline falls to reflexive individual agents. He argues that in order for their agential power to be more fully harnessed in the opening up of IR, critical 'self'-reflection and 'collective' empathy and collaboration among marginalised scholars are all essential."-- (Editeur)
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