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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Discourses of Global Politics

A Critical (Re)Introduction to International Relations

ISBN 9780333616857
Publication Date September 1994
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

[A] provocative book which ought to be widely-used in courses and frequently cited in future debates...Jim George has written a lucid and useful guide to the critical theories of international relations which have appeared over the last ten years.' Andrew Linklater, Australian Journal of Political Science This important new text provides a broad-ranging and accessible critique of, and re-introduction to, International Relations drawing on the most significant critical perspectives in recent social science theory. These perspectives are carefully introduced and systematically applied to the dominant traditions in contemporary IR. 'Sure to be the alternative text for international relations courses...I can think of no other book that provides as comprehensive a tour of the presuppositions that guide both the mainstream's and the critics' approaches to interpreting international politics.' D.Campbell 'A very important contribution and an excellent teaching tool...George provides a comprehensive treatment of the philosophical bases of both traditional and critical work in IR.' M.J.Shapiro

JIM GEORGE is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Political Science, Australian National University

Preface (Re)Introducing the Theory as Practice of International Relations
Discourses of Modernity: Towards the Positivist Framing of Contemporary Social Theory and International Relations
The Making of International Relations: From Modernist Tradition to Cold War Discipline
The Positivist-Realist Phase
Morgenthau, Behaviouralism and the Quest for Certainty
The Backward Discipline Revisited
The Closed World of Neo-Realism Critical Social Theory
Thinking Beyond the Orthodox Consensus Thinking Beyond International Relations
The Critical Theory Challenge Thinking
Beyond International Relations: Post-Modernism; Reconceptualising Theory as Practice
Conclusion.

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