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Critical International Relations Theories in East Asia: Relationality, Subjectivity, and Pragmatism

Critical International Relations Theories in East Asia: Relationality, Subjectivity, and Pragmatism

1st Edition

Kosuke Shimizu
February 05, 2019

What do we study when we study International Relations (IR)? This book interrogates the meanings of the established ontology and subjectivity embedded in the discourse of "Western" and "non-Western" IR. We are predisposed to see a nation-state as a unified entity, everlasting and moving towards a...

Rethinking Middle Powers in the Asian Century: New Theories, New Cases

Rethinking Middle Powers in the Asian Century: New Theories, New Cases

1st Edition

Tanguy Struye de Swielande, Dorothée Vandamme, David Walton, Thomas Wilkins
October 02, 2018

The term "middle power" is conceptually fragile. Some scholars have even argued for abandoning it. This book argues that the concept needs to be analysed more profoundly and that new analytical tools need to be developed to better understand the phenomenon. The traditional approach, based on...

International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand: Theory and Sub-fields

International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand: Theory and Sub-fields

1st Edition

Chanintira na Thalang, Soravis Jayanama, Jittipat Poonkham
July 31, 2018

There has long been considerable debate about the nature of non-Western IR theory. Most attempts to understand such a phenomenon begin by taking a top-down approach on a country by country basis. Instead, this book takes a bottom-up approach, involving specialists from a range of Thai universities,...

What Is at Stake in Building “Non-Western” International Relations Theory?

What Is at Stake in Building “Non-Western” International Relations Theory?

1st Edition

Yong-Soo Eun
January 16, 2018

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...

Contested Ideas of Regionalism in Asia

Contested Ideas of Regionalism in Asia

1st Edition

Baogang He
October 05, 2016

Deepening regionalism in Asia demands new leadership. Strong elites who are committed to a supranational identity are a minimum requirement of successful regionalism. Regional leaders are increasingly seen as a new set of leaders in Europe. Currently, Asian regional leaders largely come from the...

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