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Handbook of Critical International Relations

Edited by Steven C. Roach, Professor of International Relations, The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida, US
Comprising a plurality of perspectives, this timely Handbook is an essential resource for understanding past and current challenges to democracy, justice, social and gender equality, identity and freedom. It shows how critical international relations (IR) theory functions as a broad-based and diverse critique of society.
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Publication Date: February 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78811 288 8
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
Comprising a plurality of perspectives, this timely Handbook is an essential resource for understanding past and current challenges to democracy, justice, social and gender equality, identity and freedom. It shows how critical international relations (IR) theory functions as a broad-based and diverse critique of society. The chapters explore key new areas of research, including critical emotion and critical animal studies and draws on Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, critical realist and post-colonial backgrounds to frame this research.

Structured in four thematic parts, the Handbook of Critical International Relations moves from discussing approaches and emancipation, concepts and configuration, and political economy and domination, to global trajectories and challenges. Its emphasis on non-Western IR viewpoints, offers cutting-edge insights into the notion of otherness, the dialectics of authoritarian neoliberalism, and agonistic recognition.

Graduate and undergraduate IR scholars will benefit from the solid, working understanding of critical IR offered in the detailed chapters on the varied approaches, concepts and new areas of research in the field. Critical IR research institutions and policy-makers will also appreciate the discussion of, and advice offered on, key issues and challenges facing democracy and justice.
‘As a broad disciplinary descriptor, critical international relations says both too much and too little. That said, Roach and his collaborators have performed a great service. This is a strong collection of synoptic chapters, treating key developments in the field with seriousness and erudition. Readers seeking entry into a complex, contested literature, or seeking to broaden or update their intellectual horizons, will find it invaluable.’
– Daniel J. Levine, The University of Alabama, US

'Critical theory is under siege from challenges to its alleged Eurocentrism and from national-populist movements to any notion of global emancipation. How should critical theory deal with those assaults and what form should future versions take? This volume reconsiders critical, emancipatory thought in the context of radical political change and concerns about the future of international cooperation. All students of critical theory will profit from engaging with its wide-ranging and scholarly reflections on a leading perspective in international relations over the last four decades.'
– Andrew Linklater, Aberystwyth University, UK

‘This important volume provides an array of theoretical interventions, critical perspectives, thought-provoking analyses, and innovative assessments on contemporary aspects of international relations (IR). Showcasing the work of cutting-edge and diverse scholars in IR, the Handbook of Critical International Relations brings the reader in contact with key theoretical arguments, necessary methodological debates, and everyday practices in international politics. For scholars and students eager to understand what critical IR is and does, this Handbook is a must read.’
– François Debrix, Virginia Tech, US
Contributors include: A.D. Barder, P. Bilgin, S. Brincat, S. Chakrabarti, P. Cunliffe, R. Dayerizadeh, S. de Groot Heupner, M. Delori, M. Fluck, S. Gill, S. Koschut, B. Luongo, J. Nunes, C. Peoples, S.C. Roach, R. Roccu, K. Schick, S.C. Tauber, B. Thirkell-White

Contents:

Introduction: Critical International Relations
Steven C. Roach

Part I Approaches and Emancipation
1. Opening up International Relations, or:
How I learned to stop worrying and love ‘non-Western IR’
Pinar Bilgin

2. Habermas and IR: testing the critical limits of modernity
Ben Thirkell-White

3. Emancipation, Power, Insecurity: Critical Theory and Immanent Critique of Human Security
Columba Peoples

4. A Critical Perspective on Emotions in International Relations
Simon Koschut

5. Critical Realism in International Relations: Beyond the Positivist/Post-Positivist Debate
Ben Luongo

Part II Concepts and Configuration
6. Dialectics in Critical International Relations Theory
Shannon Brincat and Susan de Groot Heupner

7. Recognition reframed: Reconfiguring recognition in global politics
Kate Schick

8. Empires at Home: Critical IR Theory and Our Postcolonial Moments
Alexander D. Barder

9. Instrumental Reason
Matthew Fluck

Part III Political Economy and Domination
10. Critical International Relations and the Global Organic Crisis
Stephen Gill

11. Neoliberal Authoritarianism in Egypt before and after the Uprisings: A Critical International Political Economy Perspective
Roberto Roccu

12. Emancipation in Critical Security Studies: Political economy, domination and the everyday
João Nunes

13. Slow Violence, Precarity and the Overheating of Neoliberal Consensus
Shomik, Chakrabarti

Part IV Global Transformations and Challenges
14. Critical Animal Studies. Critical International Relations Theory, and Anthropocentrism
Steven C. Tauber

15. The Politics of Emotions in Contemporary Wars
Mathias Delori

16. Critical IR Feminism: The Case of American Shia Women
Raheleh Dayerizadeh

17. The Responsibility to Protect: The Rise of Liberal Authoritarianism
Philip Cunliffe

18. Afterword
Steven C. Roach

Index