Towards a new international relations? Imperialism, Eurocentrism and Difference
John M. Hobson, The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics. Western International Theory, 1760-2010 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Shogo Suzuki, Civilization and Empire. China and Japan’s Encounter with European International Society (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2009).
Arlene B. Tickner and David L. Blaney (eds), Thinking International Relations Differently, (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2012).
University of Otago
Until very recently, the ontological foundations of the discipline of International Relations have been built on theoretical and empirical work characterized by the absence of the areas of the world beyond the North. In this review essay, I discuss the contributions of three recently published books to a small but critical and wide-ranging body of work that has emerged to challenge, problematize, and examine this profound Eurocentricity in understanding and explaining world politics.
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