Reassembling International Theory

Author: Simon Curtis
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137383969
Release Date: 2013-12-01
Genre: Social Science

What can 'assemblage' thinking contribute to the study of international relations theory? This study seeks to investigate how the various debates on assemblages in social theory can contribute to generating critical considerations on the connections and dissociation of political agency, physical world and international dynamics.

Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology

Author: Xavier Guillaume
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315446479
Release Date: 2016-12
Genre: Political Science

This handbook presents in a comprehensive, concise and accessible overview, the emerging field of international political sociology. It summarizes and synthesizes existing knowledge in the field while presenting central themes and methodologies that have been at the centre of its development, providing the reader with a sense of the diversity and research dynamics that are at the heart of international political sociology as a field of study. A wide range of topics covered include: International political sociology and its cognate disciplines and fields of study; Key themes including security, mobility, finance, development, gender, religion, health, global elites and the environment; Methodologies on how to engage with international political sociology including fieldwork, archives, discourse, ethnography, assemblage, materiality, social spaces and visuality; Current and future challenges of international political sociology addressed by three key scholars. Providing a synthetic reference point, summarizing key achievements and engagements while putting forward future developments and potential fruitful lines of inquiry, it is an invaluable resource for students, academics and researchers from a range of disciplines, particularly international relations, political science, sociology, political geography, international law, international political economy, security studies and gender studies.

Private Security in Africa

Author: Doctor Paul Higate
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 9781786990273
Release Date: 2017-06-15
Genre: Political Science

Across Africa, growing economic inequality, instability and urbanization have led to the rapid spread of private security providers. While these PSPs have already had a significant impact on African societies, their impact has so far received little in the way of comprehensive analysis. Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary approaches, and encompassing anthropology, sociology and political science, Private Security in Africa offers unique insight into the lives and experiences of security providers and those affected by them, as well as into the fragile state context which has allowed them to thrive. Featuring original empirical research and case studies ranging from private policing in South Africa to the recruitment of Sierra Leoneans for private security work in Iraq, the book considers the full implications of PSPs for security and the state, not only for Africa but for the world as a whole.

The Palgrave Handbook of International Development

Author: Jean Grugel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137427243
Release Date: 2016-06-10
Genre: Political Science

International development is a dynamic, vibrant and complex field – both in terms of practices and in relation to framing and concepts. This collection draws together leading experts from a range of disciplines, including development economics, geography, sociology, political science and international relations, to explore persistent problems and emergent trends in international development. Building from an introduction to key development theories, this Handbook proceeds to examine key development questions relating to the changing donor and aid landscape, the changing role of citizens and the state in development, the role of new finance flows and privatization in development, the challenges and opportunities of migration and mobility, emerging issues of insecurity and concerns with people trafficking, the drugs trade and gang violence, the role of rights and activism in promoting democracy and development, the threats posed by and responses to global environmental change, and the role of technology and innovation in promoting development.

War Police and Assemblages of Intervention

Author: Jan Bachmann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317587637
Release Date: 2014-11-13
Genre: Political Science

This book reflects on the way in which war and police/policing intersect in contemporary Western-led interventions in the global South. The volume combines empirically oriented work with ground-breaking theoretical insights and aims to collect, for the first time, thoughts on how war and policing converge, amalgamate, diffuse and dissolve in the context both of actual international intervention and in understandings thereof. The book uses the caption WAR:POLICE to highlight the distinctiveness of this volume in presenting a variety of approaches that share a concern for the assemblage of war-police as a whole. The volume thus serves to bring together critical perspectives on liberal interventionism where the logics of war and police/policing blur and bleed into a complex assemblage of WAR:POLICE. Contributions to this volume offer an understanding of police as a technique of ordering and collectively take issue with accounts of the character of contemporary war that argue that war is simply reduced to policing. In contrast, the contributions show how – both historically and conceptually – the two are ‘always already’ connected. Contributions to this volume come from a variety of disciplines including international relations, war studies, geography, anthropology, and law but share a critical/poststructuralist approach to the study of international intervention, war and policing. This volume will be useful to students and scholars who have an interest in social theories on intervention, war, security, and the making of international order.?

International Practice Theory

Author: C. Bueger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137395535
Release Date: 2014-09-29
Genre: Political Science

How does the practice turn play out in international relations? This study offers a concise introduction to the core approaches, issues and methodology of International Practice Theory, examining the design, strategies and technique of practice theoretical research projects interested in global politics, and outlining issues for a future agenda.

Kierkegaard on Politics

Author: Barry Stocker
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137372321
Release Date: 2013-11-22
Genre: Philosophy

This investigation of Kierkegaard as a political thinker with regard to the Danish context, and to his place in the history of political thought, deals with the more direct discussion of politics in Kierkegaard, and the ways in which political ideas are embedded in his literary, aesthetic, ethical, philosophical ,and religious thought.

Global Stakeholder Relationships Governance

Author: M. Falconi
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137396822
Release Date: 2013-12-03
Genre: Political Science

By arguing and detailing the elements of a soft and hard infrastructure approach to the process of global stakeholder relationships governance, this study integrates advanced, flexible and feasible tools to develop an organization's listening culture; integrated reporting as an ongoing process of continued multi-stakeholder reporting.

Theory of Mind and Science Fiction

Author: N. Pagan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137399120
Release Date: 2014-01-06
Genre: Literary Criticism

Theory of Mind and Science Fiction shows how theory of mind provides an exciting 'new' way to think about science fiction and, conversely, how science fiction sheds light not only on theory of mind but also empathy, morality, and the nature of our humanity.

Western Aid at a Crossroads

Author: O. Eggen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137380326
Release Date: 2013-12-13
Genre: Social Science

The new growth patterns and shifting wealth in the world economy fundamentally alter the basis for Western aid. This book demonstrates how Western development aid has been transformed over time, in particular in the 1990s, when the West enjoyed world hegemony. Western aid, once a helping hand to other countries' development strategies, has increasingly been seen as a tool for large-scale attempts to transform states, societies and minds according to Western models. The authors claim that this has made aid more complex and less useful to poor countries in their fight against poverty. Emerging economies, such as China, have demonstrated that other paths to growth and poverty alleviation are available. They are attractive partners in development, offering collaboration without paternalism. Most poor countries experience growth, and are able to finance development with homegrown resources or in collaboration with non-Western partners. Having other options, they may increasingly challenge and reject Western aid if it is accompanied with goals of transforming the recipients based on Western blueprints. The authors claim that aid has a role in the fight against poverty in the future, but only if Western donors are willing to adapt to the new world order, leave paternalism behind and rethink their role in development. Donors must change the way they relate to poor sovereign states, redefine the meaning of 'development', and reinvent aid to make it simpler and more manageable.

Cinema and the Imagination in Katherine Mansfield s Writing

Author: M. Ascari
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137400369
Release Date: 2014-01-10
Genre: Performing Arts

Using silent cinema as a critical lens enables us to reassess Katherine Mansfield's entire literary career. Starting from the awareness that innovation in literature is often the outcome of hybridisation, this book discusses not only a single case study, but also the intermedia exchanges in which literary modernism at large is rooted.

Data Driven Decision Making in Schools Lessons from Trinidad

Author: J. Yamin-Ali
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137412393
Release Date: 2014-01-24
Genre: Education

Yamin-Ali shows how schools can undertake responsible decision-making through gathering and evaluating data, using as examples six fully developed case studies that shed light on common questions of school culture and student life, including student stress, subject selection, and the role of single-sex classes.

DiY WiFi Re imagining Connectivity

Author: K. Jungnickel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137312532
Release Date: 2013-12-19
Genre: Computers

Based on extensive fieldwork, Jungnickel's research into community WiFi networking explores the innovative digital cultures of ordinary people making extra-ordinary things. Committed to making 'ournet, not the internet', these digital tinkerers re-inscribe wireless broadband technology with new meanings and re-imagined possibilities of use.

Crime Deviance and Doping

Author: M. Yar
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137403759
Release Date: 2014-01-06
Genre: Social Science

Yar examines the autobiographies of fallen sports stars, exploring their fall from grace and the stigma it entails. Drawing upon sociological and criminological perspectives, it illuminates how fallen stars use confessional acts of story-telling to seek forgiveness, vindication and redemption.