Technology and Agency in International Relations

1st Edition

Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese

Routledge
May 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138615397 - CAT# K389583
Series: Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs

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Summary

This book responds to a gap in the literature in International Relations (IR) by integrating technology more systematically into analyses of global politics.

Technology facilitates, accelerates, automates, and exercises capabilities that are greater than normal human abilities. And yet, within IR, the role of technology often remains under-studied. Building on insights from science and technology studies (STS), assemblage theory and new materialism, this volume asks how international politics are made possible, knowable, and durable by and through technology. The contributors provide empirically rich and pertinent accounts of a variety of technologies relevant to the discipline, including drones, algorithms, satellite imagery, border management databases, and block chains.

Problematizing various technologically mediated issues, such as secrecy, violence, and questions of how authority and evidence become constituted in international contexts, this book will be of interest to scholars in IR, in particular those who work in the subfields of (critical) security studies, International Political Economy, and Global Governance.

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