International Relations in a Global Age
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International Relations in a Global Age : A Conceptual Challenge

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The book investigates the ways in which state-centred approaches to international relations have limited our understanding of global, political, economic and cultural processes. By assessing a wide range of such state-centred work, Youngs identifies the challenges we must address to grasp the complexity of the contemporary world.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 153 x 228 x 13mm | 294g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745613713
  • 9780745613710

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This book investigates the ways in which state-centred approachesto international relations have limited our understanding ofglobal, political, economic and cultural processes. By assessing awide range of such state-centred work, Youngs identifies thechallenges we must address to grasp the complexity of thecontemporary world.

The author combines insights from a variety of criticalapproaches, including gender analysis and post-structuralism. Theresult is a distinctive outlook on the struggle which faces thosewho wish to break the bonds of state-centrism. This bookre-examines the links between politics, economics and culture, andsuggests new ways of understanding them in the context of recentwork on globalization. Gillian Youngs makes vital connectionsbetween the concerns of those studying international relations andinternational political economy, and of those working onglobalization in a wide range of disciplines.

This volume establishes a critical basis for thinkingcomprehensively about global relations from a multidisciplinaryperspective. It will be of particular interest to students andlecturers in international relations, international/global economy, gender studies, international communications, development studies, social theory and political geography.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements.
Introduction: From International Relations to Global Relations.


Section 1: Inside State-Centrism.


1. Embedded State-centrism: From Realism to Neorealism.


2. Conceptual Determinism Revealed.


Section II: Beyond State-Centrism.


3. Beyond Superficial Paradigmatism.


4. Beyond the Normative Divide.


Section III: The Spaces of Global Relations.


5. States, Time and Space.


6. Political Economy of Spatiality.


The Conceptual Challenge: Concluding Thoughts.


Notes.


Bibliography.


Index.
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a Sophisticated yet accessible, Youngsa book clarifies even as she recasts key debates on the meaning of states and sovereignty. Through a close reading of mainstream and critical theorists, Youngs delivers a consolidated -- and compelling -- indictment of state--centrism as dogmatically and dangerously out--of--place in the context of global relations. Moreover, through explication of feminist and postcolonial work, Youngs offers important guideposts for mapping new directions in post--statist theory.a V. Spike Peterson, Department of Political Science, University of Arizona a One of the real strengths of this book is not only the breadth of questions which it explores, but its integration throughout of feminist modes of analysis . She successfully uses feminist approaches to both foreground and background her analysis -- making it a book which will be of interest to the reader looking for feminist critiques of IR, but also to the reader looking to see how feminism fits into the larger array of critical approaches to the study of IR. This is a readable and engaging book which provides a sophisticated critique of state--centrism and a plausible alternative way of thinking about global politics in an age of globalization. It is highly recommended.a The Canadian Journal of Political Science a The particular strength of Youngsa s book is the way it relates the question of spatiality to those of feminist theories of the social ... Youngsa s critique of the patriarchal paradigm dominating IRa s and IPEa s contributions to the debate of globalization is significant and sophisticated.a SIGNS "This book is an example of what feminism in international relations can be like and what it intends to be." Journal of International Relations and Development
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About Gillian Youngs

Gillian Youngs is Lecurer in the Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester.
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