Posthuman International Relations: Complexity, Ecologism And Global Politics

In this bold intervention, Cudworth and Hobden call for a profound re-thinking of the study of international relations. As a discipline, it continues to remain wedded to the enlightenment project of overcoming the hazards of nature, and thus is fully human-centred in its approach. The has resulted in a dualistic understanding of human relations with ‘the environment’, in which humans are either threatened by or pose a threat to ‘nature’. Whilst we are undoubtedly in a situation of risk, the authors argue that this is in fact shaped by histories of social relations, economic practices and formations of political power. —– By contrast, Posthuman International Relations draws on recent advances in thinking about systems derived from complexity theory to develop an analysis of international relations embedded within broader environmental circumstances. In doing so, Cudworth and Hobden demonstrate how combining insights from complexity theory with ecological thinking can provide a new agenda for a progressive and critical International Relations of the twenty-first century.

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In this bold intervention, Cudworth and Hobden call for a profound re-thinking of the study of international relations. As a discipline, it continues to remain wedded to the enlightenment project of overcoming the hazards of nature, and thus is fully human-centred in its approach. The has resulted in a dualistic understanding of human relations with ‘the environment’, in which humans are either threatened by or pose a threat to ‘nature’. Whilst we are undoubtedly in a situation of risk, the authors argue that this is in fact shaped by histories of social relations, economic practices and formations of political power. —– By contrast, Posthuman International Relations draws on recent advances in thinking about systems derived from complexity theory to develop an analysis of international relations embedded within broader environmental circumstances. In doing so, Cudworth and Hobden demonstrate how combining insights from complexity theory with ecological thinking can provide a new agenda for a progressive and critical International Relations of the twenty-first century.

 

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

Paperback

2011

ISBN: 9781848135154