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Human Beings in International Relations

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Daniel Jacobi, Annette Freyberg-Inan, Stephen J. Rosow, Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Jason F. Charrette, Chris Brown, Duncan Bell, Richard Ned Lebow, Samuel Barkin, Elisabeth Prügl, Colin Wight, Mauro J. Caraccioli, Benjamin Herborth, Oliver Kessler, Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Nicholas J. Rowland
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  • Date Published: September 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107116252

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  • Since the 1980s, the discipline of International Relations has seen a series of disputes over its foundations. However, there has been one core concept that, although addressed in various guises, had never been explicitly and systematically engaged with in these debates: the human. This volume is the first to address comprehensively the topic of the human in world politics. It comprises cutting-edge accounts by leading scholars of how the human is (or is not) theorized across the entire range of IR theories, old and new. The authors provide a solid foundation for future debates about how, why, and to which ends the human has been or must (not) be built into our theories, and systematically lay out the implications of such moves for how we come to see world politics and humanity's role within it.

    • The first comprehensive survey of how international relations theories across the board do (or do not) account for human beings
    • Provides a range of original research and argument on the topic of theorizing humans and humanity in world politics
    • Proposes a new analytical framework for how to study this issue from now on, which should structure discussions in this field for years to come
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Human Beings in International Relations is a theoretical treasure trove. Jacobi and Freyberg-Inan make us aware of a remarkable variety of theoretical perspectives on ‘thinking the human’. They make those perspectives resonate with or contradict each other, unburying many research paths that must have been there all along, but still await our analysis."
    Stefano Guzzini, Danish Institute for International Studies, Uppsala University and Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro

    "Talk of "human nature", once common in international theory and international studies, has been much less prominent in recent decades. But thinking about the category of "the human" can never be too foreign to any account of social life, and international affairs are no exception. This remarkable volume foregrounds both the extent to which our existing theoretical tools are interwoven with assumptions about human nature, and makes possible a series of considerations reaching beyond those assumptions."
    Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Associate Dean, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC

    'It is a collection that accomplishes to a large extent what the editors Jacobi and Freyberg-Inan in their introduction promise to deliver: 'a comprehensive, balanced, open-minded, and up-to-date study of the human element, its relation to world politics, and our ways of producing knowledge about them.' Asli Calkivik, International Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107116252
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: human being(s) in international relations Daniel Jacobi and Annette Freyberg-Inan
    Part I. International Political Anthropology:
    1. Between fear and despair: human nature in realism Annette Freyberg-Inan
    2. 'Human nature' and the paradoxical order of liberalism Stephen J. Rosow
    3. Disciplining human nature: the evolution of American social scientific theorizing Jennifer Sterling-Folker and Jason F. Charrette
    4. The Marxist perspective from 'species-being' to natural justice Chris Brown
    5. In biology we trust: biopolitical science and the elusive self Duncan Bell
    6. Greeks, neuroscience, and international relations Richard Ned Lebow
    7. Constructivism, realism, and the variety of human natures Samuel Barkin
    8. Feminism and the figure of Man Elisabeth Prügl
    Part II. International Political Post-Anthropology:
    9. Realism, agency, and the politics of nature Colin Wight
    10. A global human condition Mauro J. Caraccioli
    11. Imagining man – forgetting society? Benjamin Herborth
    12. On the social (re)construction of the human in world politics Daniel Jacobi
    13. Observing visions of man Oliver Kessler
    14. Who is acting in international relations? Jan-Hendrik Passoth and Nicholas J. Rowland
    Conclusion: toward an International Political (Post-)Anthropology Annette Freyberg-Inan and Daniel Jacobi.

  • Editors

    Daniel Jacobi, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
    Daniel Jacobi is Research Associate and Lecturer at Goethe University in Frankfurt as well as a Research Associate in the Cluster of Excellence 'Formation of Normative Orders'.

    Annette Freyberg-Inan, Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany
    Annette Freyberg-Inan is Professor of International Relations at the Technical University Darmstadt and Research Affiliate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and its program group on 'Political Economy and Transnational Governance'.


    Daniel Jacobi, Annette Freyberg-Inan, Stephen J. Rosow, Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Jason F. Charrette, Chris Brown, Duncan Bell, Richard Ned Lebow, Samuel Barkin, Elisabeth Prügl, Colin Wight, Mauro J. Caraccioli, Benjamin Herborth, Oliver Kessler, Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Nicholas J. Rowland

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