Recognition and Global Politics

Recognition and Global Politics : Critical Encounters Between State and World

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The notion of recognition, drawing on the philosophy of Hegel, has become increasingly central to international debates in recent years, yet there have been few attempts to critically examine new theoretical positions and empirical analyses of its possible meanings, limits and manifestations.

Recognition and Global Politics examines the potential and limitations of the discourse of recognition as a strategy for reframing justice and injustice within contemporary world affairs. Drawing on resources from social and political theory and IR theory as well as other areas including feminist theory, postcolonial studies and social psychology, this ambitious collection explores a range of political struggles, social movements and sites of opposition that have shaped certain practices and informed contentious debates in the language of recognition. How have recognition-based claims been deployed in relation to international, transnational and global politics?

The contributors speak to central issues in current debates about cosmopolitanism, genocide, human rights, global capitalism, multiculturalism, rebellion and the environment. This innovative volume will push the boundaries of the debate on recognition into new areas, opening up provocative lines of inquiry and critique.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 27mm | 612g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474235433
  • 9781474235433

Table of contents

1. Recognition and the International: Meanings, Limits, Manifestations
Patrick Hayden and Kate Schick
Part 1 Meanings: Critical Interventions
2. Unsettling Pedagogy: Recognition, Vulnerability and the International
Kate Schick
3. Ambiguity, Existence, Cosmopolitanism: Simone de Beauvoir and a Global Theory of Feminist Recognition
Monica Mookherjee
4. Recognition, Multiculturalism and the Allure of Separatism
Volker M. Heins
5. Recognition and Accumulation
Tarik Kochi
Part 2 Limits: Recognition's Blind Spots
6. Lost Worlds: Evil, Genocide and the Limits of Recognition
Patrick Hayden
7. In Recognition of the Abyssinian General
Robbie Shilliam
8. Recognizing Nature in International Relations
Emilian Kavalski and Magdalena Zolkos
Part 3 Manifestations: International Orders and Disorders
9. Paternalistic Care and Transformative Recognition in International Politics
Fiona Robinson
10. Recognition in the Struggle against Global Injustice
Greta Fowler Snyder
11. Recognition in and of World Society
Matthew S. Weinert
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As some have argued, the prevailing "clashes of civilizations" today are in large part clashes of ignorance coupled with malevolence. In their carefully assembled volume, Patrick Hayden and Kate Schick demonstrate how much of international politics today revolves around issues of recognition, mis-recognition and non-recognition among competing agents. Relying on the theoretical insights of Hegel, Taylor, Habermas, Honneth and others, the volume explores the theme in three main steps, by focusing first on conceptions of recognition, next on gaps or failures of recognition and finally on the import of the theme for world society. An admirable text which deserves the widest readership. * Fred Dallmayr, Professor of Philosphy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame, USA * Recognition and its denial permeate debates about equality and justice, culture and democracy, resistance and responsibility. Yet students of global politics have only just discovered that recognition matters in so many ways. In exploring recognition's reach, limits and failures, contributors to this absorbing volume effectively rescind the standard view of state and world as worlds apart. * Nicholas Onuf, Emeritus Profess of International Relations, Florida International University, USA * Recognition is central to understanding global politics and yet remains largely under-theorised in both political theory and international relations. This book delivers a much needed and sophisticated collection of essays on the subject. The book represents a major contribution to emerging field of international political theory by providing a sophisticated set of determinedly critical engagements with the currents and controversies surrounding the idea of recognition in the context of global politics. * Richard Shapcott, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Queensland, Australia * This riveting volume takes on recognition in global politics. Collectively, contributions show that recognition is a struggle and process that is unending, disturbing, and even uncertain. Yet it is also more tangible and possible and hopeful than we might realize. The expansion and applications in this volume of recognition to a variety global processes and phenomena, from genocide, trauma, gender injustice and cosmopolitanism, from the local to the state to the global, will be sure to enliven debates over this important concept going forward. Kate Schick and Patrick Hayden have gathered talented and forceful contributors who utilize a plurality of philosophical resources to develop recognition in a number of direct, accessible, and useful ways. Recognition and Global Politics also serves to energize the emerging discourses on, and field of, international political theory. Scholars, students, and practitioners will find much to grapple with in this volume, on topics relevant to a variety of fields, including international ethics, human rights, international security, education, race relations, environmental politics, and social and political theory. * Brent J. Steele, Professor and Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair, University of Utah, USA *
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About Professor Patrick Hayden

Patrick Hayden is Professor of Political Theory and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. His books include (as editor) Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts (2014); Political Evil in a Global Age: Hannah Arendt and International Theory (2009), Critical Theories of Globalization (2006, with Chamsy el-Ojeili) and Cosmopolitan Global Politics (2005).

Kate Schick is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Gillian Rose: A Good Enough Justice (2012) and co-editor (with Amanda Russell Beattie) of The Vulnerable Subject: Beyond Rationality in International Relations (2013).
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