A wide range of critical theorists is used in the study of international politics, and until now there has been no text that gives concise and accessible introductions to these figures. Critical Theorists and International Relations provides a wide-ranging introduction to thirty-two important theorists whose work has been influential in thinking about global politics.
Each chapter is written by an expert with a detailed knowledge of the theorist concerned, representing a range of approaches under the rubric 'critical', including Marxism and post-Marxism, the Frankfurt School, hermeneutics, phenomenology, postcolonialism, feminism, queer theory, poststructuralism, pragmatism, scientific realism, deconstruction and psychoanalysis.
Key features of each chapter include:
- a clear and concise biography of the relevant thinker
- an introduction to their key writings and ideas
- a summary of the ways in which these ideas have influenced and are being used in international relations scholarship
- a list of suggestions for further reading
Written in engaging and accessible prose, Critical Theorists and International Relations is a unique and invaluable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars of international relations.
Introduction / Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams -- Theodor Adorno / Columba Peoples -- Giorgio Agamben / Nick Vaughan-Williams -- Hannah Arendt / Patricia Owens -- Alain Badiou / Claudia Aradau -- Jean Baudrillard / Francois Debrix -- Simone de Beauvoir / Kimberly Hutchings -- Walter Benjamin / Angharad Closs Stephens -- Roy Bhaskar / Milja Kurki -- Pierre Bourdieu / Peter Jackson -- Judith Butler / Cristina Masters -- Gilles Deleuze / Robin Durie -- Jacques Derrida / Maja Zehfuss -- Franz Fanon / Himadeep Muppidi -- Michel Foucault / Andrew Neal -- Sigmund Freud / Vanessa Pupavac -- Antonio Gramsci / Mark Rupert -- Jurgen Habermas / Neta Crawford -- G. W. F. Hegel / Ritu Vij -- Martin Heidegger / Louiza Odysseos -- Immanuel Kant / Kimberly Hutchings / Julia Kristeva / Vivienne Jabri -- Emmanuel Levinas / Elizabeth Dauphinee -- Karl Marx / Milja Kurki -- Jean-Luc Nancy / Martin Coward -- Friedrich Nietzsche / Robin Durie -- Jacques Ranciere / Rens van Munster -- Richard Rorty / James Brassett -- Edward Said / Latha Varadarajan -- Carl Schmitt / Louiza Odysseos and Fabio Petito -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak / Catarina Kinnvall -- Paul Virilo / James Der Derian -- Slavoj Zizek / Diane Rubenstein