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The SAGE Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations

The SAGE Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations

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September 2018 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations offers a panoramic overview of the broad field of International Relations by integrating three distinct but interrelated foci. It retraces the historical development of International Relations (IR) as a professional field of study, explores the philosophical foundations of IR, and interrogates the sociological mechanisms through which scholarship is produced and the field is structured.

Comprising 38 chapters from both established scholars and an emerging generation of innovative meta-theorists and theoretically driven empiricists, the handbook fosters discussion of the field from the inside out, forcing us to come to grips with the widely held perception that IR is experiencing an existential crisis quite unlike anything else in its hundred-year history. This timely and innovative reference volume reflects on situated scholarly practices in a way that projects our collective thinking into the future.



Part 01: The Inward Gaze: Introductory Reflections
Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya, and Nicholas Onuf
Chapter 1: The struggle for the soul of International Relations: Fragments of a collective journey
Inanna Hamati-Ataya
Chapter 2: Crafting the reflexive gaze: Knowledge of knowledge in the social worlds of International Relations
Part 02: Imagining the International, Acknowledging the Global
Jens Bartelson
Chapter 3: From the international to the global?
Himadepp Muppidi
Chapter 4: Coloring the global: Race, colonialism and internationalism
David L. Blaney and Naeem Inayatullah
Chapter 5: Liberal International Political Economy as colonial science
George Lawson
Chapter 6: International Relations as a historical social science
Jacqui True and Sarah Hewitt
Chapter 7: International Relations and the gendered international
Mustapha Kamal Pasha
Chapter 8: Beyond the 'religious turn': International Relations as political theology
Zeynep Gülsah Çapan and Ayse Zarakol
Chapter 9: Between 'East' and 'West': Travelling theories, travelling imaginations
L.H.M. Ling and Boyu Chen
Chapter 10: International Relations and the rise of Asia : A new 'moral imagination' for world politics?
Victoria Tin-bor Hui
Chapter 11: Confucian pacifism or Confucian confusion?
Evgeny Roshchin
Chapter 12: The challenges of 'contextualism'
Richard Ned Lebow
Chapter 13: Imagining International Relations through alternative worlds
Part 03: The Search for (an) Identity
Torbjørn L. Knutsen
Chapter 14: The origins of International Relations: Idealists, administrators and the institutionalization of a new science
Jeremy Youde and Brent J. Steele
Chapter 15: Canon fodder: The founding fathers, classics, and 'isms' of International Relations
Halvard Leira and Benjamin de Carvalho
Chapter 16: The function of myths in International Relations: Discipline and identity
Peter Marcus Kristensen and Yongjin Zhang
Chapter 17: Identity and theory: Towards sociological explanations of 'schools' in International Relations
Patrick James and Randall J. Jones Jr.
Chapter 18: International Relations' crystal ball: Prediction and forecasting
Nicholas Michelsen
Chapter 19: The problem of social utility International Relations and the 'policy gap'
Colin Wight
Chapter 20: A fear of foundations?
Daniel J. Levine and Alexander D. Barder
Chapter 21: After first principles: The sociological turn in International Relations as disciplinary crisis
Tanja Aalberts
Chapter 22: International Relations and the challenges of interdisciplinarity
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson
Chapter 23: 'Does it matter if it's a discipline?' bawled the child
Part 04: International Relations as a Profession
Arlene B. Tickner
Chapter 24: The unequal profession
Christian Bueger and Frank Gadinger
Chapter 25: From community to practice: International Relations as a practical configuration
Thomas Volgy
Chapter 26: Rule by referees? The curious world of academic judgment
Anna Leander
Chapter 27: International Relations expertise at the interstices of fields and assemblages
Ido Oren
Chapter 28: International Relations ideas as reflections and weapons of US foreign policy
David Grondin and Anne-Marie D'Aoust
Chapter 29: For as undisciplined take on International Relations: The politics of situated scholarship
Jonas Hagmann and Thomas Biersteker
Chapter 30: Counter-mapping the discipline: The archipelagos of Western International Relations teaching
Felix Berenskoetter
Chapter 31: E Pluribus Unum? How textbooks cover theories
Erzsébet Strausz
Chapter 32: International pedagogical relations in fragments: Politics and poetics in the classroom and beyond
Marcos Scauso, Tanya B. Schwarz and Cecelia Lynch
Chapter 33: Training in critical interpretivism, within and beyond the academy
Steve Fuller
Chapter 34: The dialectic of politics and science from a post-truth standpoint: An outsider's perspective on the field of International Relations
Nicholas Onuf
Chapter 35: What we do: International Relations as craft
Part 05: Looking Ahead: The Future of Meta-Analysis
Lucian M. Ashworth
Chapter 36: A historiographer's view: Rewriting the history of international thought
John G. Gunnell
Chapter 37: Meta-analysis: A philosophical view
Ole Wæver
Chapter 38: A sociologist's view: Keeping it worldly

The Handbook is a landmark, not only providing a panorama of the discipline, but also embracing it as a global project. Critical of traditional paradigms with their clear cores and boundaries, this monumental work includes diverse perspectives from history, philosophy, and sociology, opens up new horizons for International Relations, and reshapes our understanding of the world we have made together.

Yaqing Qin
China Foreign Affairs University

Instead of the stale debates that focus on the “theory" of IR, this volume opens up new spaces for exploration.  It also shows how wrestling with questions - rather than foreclosing them by “applying” the answer that traditional "theories and approaches” provided - can lead to new heuristics, precisely because the quest for a “view from nowhere” has lost its allure.

Friedrich Kratochwil
Department of Political & Social Sciences, European University Institute

A thought-provoking volume, with contributions from a geographically and methodologically diverse group of scholars who invite us to think reflexively about IR’s philosophical, historical and sociological foundations. At a time when many see a discipline in disarray, this innovative Handbook offers us a better sense of what we mean by IR as well as the multiple ways to study it.

J. Ann Tickner
School of International Service, American University

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