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By Jenny Edkins, Nick Vaughan-Williams

ISBN-10: 0203881842

ISBN-13: 9780203881842

ISBN-10: 0415474655

ISBN-13: 9780415474658

A wide variety of serious theorists is utilized in the research of overseas politics, and previously there was no textual content that offers concise and available introductions to those figures. Critical Theorists and diplomacy provides a wide-ranging creation to thirty-two vital theorists whose paintings has been influential in pondering international politics.

Each bankruptcy is written by way of knowledgeable with an in depth wisdom of the theorist involved, representing more than a few methods lower than the rubric ‘critical’, together with Marxism and post-Marxism, the Frankfurt institution, hermeneutics, phenomenology, postcolonialism, feminism, queer conception, poststructuralism, pragmatism, medical realism, deconstruction and psychoanalysis.

Key beneficial properties of every bankruptcy include:

  • a transparent and concise biography of the appropriate thinker
  • an creation to their key writings and ideas
  • a precis of the ways that those rules have prompted and are getting used in diplomacy scholarship
  • a record of feedback for extra reading


Written in attractive and available prose, Critical Theorists and overseas Relations is a different and priceless source for undergraduates, postgraduates and students of foreign relations.

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However, Agamben’s thought, whilst often challenging, offers powerful diagnostic tools for thinking about issues in contemporary world politics in new, provocative and politically engaged ways. His work has been taken up by a range of writers dealing with questions of: sovereign power, violence and resistance in the context of the ‘War on Terror’ (Closs Stephens and Vaughan-Williams 2008; Edkins 2000, 2007b; Edkins and Pin-Fat 2004, 2005; Edkins, Pin-Fat and Shapiro 2004; Dauphinee and Masters 2007; van Munster 2004); practices associated with security as the new paradigm of global governance (Bigo 2007); trauma, time and practices of memorialisation (Edkins 2003a); the politics of global space, surveillance and borders and bordering practices in global politics (Amoore 2007; Edkins and Walker 2000; Kumar Rajaram and Grundy-Warr 2007; Vaughan-Williams 2007b, 2008; 2009), migration and patterns of global movement (Doty 2007; Kumar Rajaram and Grundy-Warr 2004); the politics of humanitarianism and human rights (Caldwell 2004; Edkins 2003b) and debates about the rule of law and sovereign exceptionalism (Connolly 2004; Neal 2006; Neocleous 2006; Prozorov 2005).

If critical international relations theory is to truly advance the project of emancipation, Rengger argues, it must engage not only the ‘utopian’ impulse of Critical Theory (Hoffman 1987), but also its ‘dark side’ as emphasised in the work of Adorno (Rengger 2001: 96). In sketching the contours of Critical Theory in international relations Rengger draws here on one of the most famous of Adorno’s later concepts, that of negative dialectics. In Negative Dialectics (Adorno 1973), Adorno mounts a sustained and lengthy critique of identity thinking, that is, the tendency, particularly evident in Kantian idealism, to identify a particular object in terms of a universal concept through the process of categorization.

Rather, he argues that the camp is ‘in some sense … the hidden matrix and nomos of the political space in which we live’ (Agamben 2000: 37). In other words, as the spatial materialisation of the state of exception in which bare life is produced in a zone of indistinction between zoe- and bios, the camp is itself a structure: ‘if sovereign power is founded in the ability to decide on the state of exception, the camp is the structure in which the state of exception is permanently realised’ (Agamben 2000: 40).

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