Global Powers of Horror

Global Powers of Horror
Author: Francois Debrix
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2016-12-19
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1317533828

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Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of horror, into horror’s intricacies, and into their deployment on and through human bodies and body parts. To track horror’s work, what horror decomposes and, perhaps, recomposes, Debrix goes beyond the idea of the integrality and integrity of the human body and it brings the focus on parts, pieces, or fragments of bodies and lives. Looking at horror’s production of bodily fragments, both against and beyond humanity, the book is also about horror’s own attempt at re-forming or re-creating matter, from the perspective of post-human, non-human, and inhuman fragmentation. Through several contemporary instances of dismantling of human bodies and pulverization of body parts, this book makes several interrelated theoretical contributions. It works with contemporary post-(geo)political figures of horror—faces of concentration camp dwellers, body parts of victims of terror attacks, the outcome of suicide bombings, graphic reports of beheadings, re-compositions of melted and mingled remnants of non-human and human matter after 9/11—to challenge regimes of terror and security that seek to forcefully and ideologically reaffirm a biopolitics and thanatopolitics of human life in order to anchor today’s often devastating deployments of the metaphysics of substance. Critically enabling one to see how security and terror form a (geo)political continuum of violent mobilization, utilization, and often destruction of human and non-human bodies and lives, this book will be of interest to graduates and scholars of bio politics, international relations and security studies.

Biopolitics Security International Relations

Biopolitics  Security  International Relations
Author: Francois Debrix
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2016-06-30
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9780415741422

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Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of horror, into horror s intricacies, and into their deployment on and through human bodies and body parts. To track horror s work, what horror decomposes and, perhaps, recomposes, Debrix goes beyond the idea of the integrality and integrity of the human body and it brings the focus on parts, pieces, or fragments of bodies and lives. Looking at horror s production of bodily fragments, both against and beyond humanity, the book is also about horror s own attempt at re-forming or re-creating matter, from the perspective of post-human, non-human, and inhuman fragmentation. Through several contemporary instances of dismantling of human bodies and pulverization of body parts, this book makes several interrelated theoretical contributions. It works with contemporary post-(geo)political figures of horror faces of concentration camp dwellers, body parts of victims of terror attacks, the outcome of suicide bombings, graphic reports of beheadings, re-compositions of melted and mingled remnants of non-human and human matter after 9/11 to challenge regimes of terror and security that seek to forcefully and ideologically reaffirm a biopolitics and thanatopolitics of human life in order to anchor today s often devastating deployments of the metaphysics of substance. Critically enabling one to see how security and terror form a (geo)political continuum of violent mobilization, utilization, and often destruction of human and non-human bodies and lives, this book will be of interest to graduates and scholars of bio politics, international relations and security studies. "

Global Corpse Politics

Global Corpse Politics
Author: Jessica Auchter
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2021-10-07
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 1316511650

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What makes a photograph of a dead body obscene? Auchter's genealogy of obscenity argues that this process is highly political.

Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations

Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations
Author: Jenny Edkins
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2019-03-11
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1317433130

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Critical international relations is both firmly established and rapidly expanding, and this Handbook offers a wide-ranging survey of contemporary research. It affords insights into exciting developments, more challenging issues and less prominent topics, examining debates around questions of imperialism, race, gender, ethics and aesthetics, and offering both an overview of the existing state of critical international politics and an agenda-setting collection that highlights emerging areas and fosters future research. Sections cover: critique and the discipline; relations beyond humanity; art and narrative; war, religion and security; otherness and diplomacy; spaces and times; resistance; and embodiment and intimacy. An international group of expert scholars, whose contributions are commissioned for the volume, provide chapters that facilitate teaching at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate level, inspire new generations of researchers in the field and promote collaboration, cross-fertilisation and inspiration across sub-fields often treated separately, such as feminism, postcolonialism and poststructuralism. The volume sees these strands as complementary not contradictory, and emphasises their shared political goals, shared theoretical resources and complementary empirical practices. Each chapter offers specific, focused, in-depth analysis that complements and exemplifies the broader coverage, making this Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations essential reading for all students and scholars of international relations.

Necrogeopolitics

Necrogeopolitics
Author: Caroline Alphin
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2019-10-08
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 0429855710

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Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations brings together a diverse array of critical IR scholars, political theorists, critical security studies researchers, and critical geographers to provide a series of interventions on the topic of death and death-making in global politics. Contrary to most existing scholarship, this volume does not place the emphasis on traditional sources or large-scale configurations of power/force leading to death in IR. Instead, it details, theorizes, and challenges more mundane, perhaps banal, and often ordinary modalities of violence perpetrated against human lives and bodies, and often contributing to horrific instances of death and destruction. Concepts such as "slow death," "soft killing," "superfluous bodies," or "extra/ordinary" destruction/disappearance are brought to the fore by prominent voices in these fields alongside more junior creative thinkers to rethink the politics of life and death in the global polity away from dominant IR or political theory paradigms about power, force, and violence. The volume features chapters that offer thought-provoking reconsiderations of key concepts, theories, and practices about death and death-making along with other chapters that seek to challenge some of these concepts, theories, or practices in settings that include the Palestinian territories, Brazilian cities, displaced population flows from the Middle East, sites of immigration policing in North America, and spaces of welfare politics in Scandinavian states.

Who s Afraid of ISIS

   Who   s Afraid of ISIS
Author: Daniel Bertrand Monk
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2020-04-28
Genre: History
ISBN: 0429826907

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"Who’s Afraid of ISIS?" eschews familiar debates about the status of ISIS as an existential threat to the West, with the aim of submitting those types of arguments to a reasoned examination of the political place of anxiety itself. This collection concerns itself with the doxologies that attend such arguments, or with that which, as Bourdieu wrote, "goes without saying becomes it comes without saying" and so become the unexamined points of departure for contentions about ISIS that may, for that very reason, hold entire life worlds together. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies on Security.

ISIS Beyond the Spectacle

ISIS Beyond the Spectacle
Author: Mehdi Semati
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2020-04-02
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0429894945

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What is ISIS? A quasi-state? A terrorist group? A movement? An ideology? As ISIS has transformed and mutated, gained and lost territory, horrified the world and been its punch line, media have been central to understanding it. The changing, yet constant, relationship between ISIS and the media, as well as its adversaries’ dependency on media to make sense of ISIS, is central to this book. More than just the images of mutilated bodies that garnered ISIS its initial infamy, the book considers an ISIS media world that includes infographics, administrative reports, and various depictions of a post-racial utopia in which justice is swift and candy is bought and sold with its own currency. The book reveals that the efforts of ISIS and its adversaries to communicate and make sense of this world share modes of visual, aesthetic, and journalistic practice and expression. The short tumultuous history of ISIS does not allow for a single approach to understanding its relation to media. Thus, the book’s contributions are to be read as contrapuntal analyses that productively connect and disconnect, providing a much-needed complex account of the ISIS-media relationship. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Biopolitical Disaster

Biopolitical Disaster
Author: Jennifer L. Lawrence
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2017-07-14
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 131721630X

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Biopolitical Disaster employs a grounded analysis of the production and lived-experience of biopolitical life in order to illustrate how disaster production and response are intimately interconnected. The book is organized into four parts, each revealing how socio-environmental consequences of instrumentalist environmentalities produce disastrous settings and political experiences that are evident in our contemporary world. Beginning with "Commodifying crisis," the volume focuses on the inherent production of disaster that is bound to the crisis tendency of capitalism. The second part, "Governmentalities of disaster," addresses material and discursive questions of governance, the role of the state, as well as questions of democracy. This part explores the linkage between problematic environmental rationalities and policies. Third, the volume considers how and where the (de)valuation of life itself takes shape within the theme of "Affected bodies," and investigates the corporeal impacts of disastrous biopolitics. The final part, "Environmental aesthetics and resistance," fuses concepts from affect theory, feminist studies, post-positivism, and contemporary political theory to identify sites and practices of political resistance to biopower. Biopolitical Disaster will be of great interest to postgraduates, researchers, and academic scholars working in Political ecology; Geopolitics; Feminist critique; Intersectionality; Environmental politics; Science and technology studies; Disaster studies; Political theory; Indigenous studies; Aesthetics; and Resistance.

Survival

Survival
Author: Adam Y. Stern
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2021-03-05
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 0812297865

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For a world mired in catastrophe, nothing could be more urgent than the question of survival. In this theoretically and methodologically groundbreaking book, Adam Y. Stern calls for a critical reevaluation of survival as a contemporary regime of representation. In Survival, Stern asks what texts, what institutions, and what traditions have made survival a recognizable element of our current political vocabulary. The book begins by suggesting that the interpretive key lies in the discursive prominence of "Jewish survival." Yet the Jewish example, he argues, is less a marker of Jewish history than an index of Christianity's impact on the modern, secular, political imagination. With this inversion, the book repositions Jewish survival as the supplemental effect and mask of a more capacious political theology of Christian survival. The argument proceeds by taking major moments in twentieth-century philosophy, theology, and political theory as occasions for collecting the scattered elements of survival's theological-political archive. Through readings of canonical texts by secular and Jewish thinkers—Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, and Sigmund Freud—Stern shows that survival belongs to a history of debates about the sovereignty and subjection of Christ's body. Interrogating survival as a rhetorical formation, the book intervenes in discussions about biopolitics, secularism, political theology, and the philosophy of religion.

Restraint in International Politics

Restraint in International Politics
Author: Brent J. Steele
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2019-10-17
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1108486088

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Comprehensive examination of restraint in international politics, considered across a range of contexts as a political process, device, and strategy.

East Asian Marxisms and Their Trajectories

East Asian Marxisms and Their Trajectories
Author: Joyce C.H. Liu
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2017-02-03
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1317418581

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In this volume, leading scholars from around the world suggest that radical ideologies have shaped complex historical processes in East Asia by examining how intellectuals and activists interpreted, rethought and criticized Marxism in East Asia. The contributors to this volume ask how we can use Marxism to understand East Asia in a global capitalist world, and where the problems that Marxism highlighted, including imperialism, domination and inequality, are increasingly prevalent. The volume draws on various disciplines to reinterpret Marx, and shed light on the complex dynamics of global capitalism in various historical/national contexts. The distinguished contributors illuminate, rethink and make accessible highly complex Marxist concepts, such as the question of class contradiction, the temporalities of capitalism, real and formal subsumption, relative surplus value and the commodity form, the question of class and the proletariat. At a time when people around the world are struggling to cope with the crises of global capitalism, this volume on regional responses to capitalism is especially welcome. It will be of interest to students and scholars of East Asian studies, social and political theory, sociology and globalization studies.

Neo Delhi and the Politics of Postcolonial Urbanism

Neo Delhi and the Politics of Postcolonial Urbanism
Author: Rohan Kalyan
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2017-04-07
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1351846647

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This book is augmented by an interactive website called NEODELHI.NET. During research trips to Delhi and Gurgaon between 2008 and 2015 the author produced a multi-media urban archive that includes full color photos, an essay film, ethnographic videos, field notes and more pertaining to the arguments and ideas presented in this book. The reader is encouraged to actively engage the website along-side this text. This book challenges the prevailing metro-centric view of globalization. Cities are a crucial part of the infrastructure of globalization, yet in the so-called "developing" world, cities have largely been excluded as "structurally irrelevant" to the functioning of the global urban economy. Kalyan presents a trans-disciplinary exploration of the manifold possibilities and challenges that confront a 'globalizing' megacity like New Delhi. Combining theoretical scholarship, ethnographic exploration, archival research and textual and visual analysis, the book foregrounds complex urban dynamics in and around the region and raises critical questions about changing urban life for postcolonial cities across the Global South. Kalyan employs methodological approaches from political economy, urban studies and visual culture to render a vivid portrait of changing urban life in India's largest conurbation, The book will be of interest to students and scholars of urban studies, postcolonial studies, and inter-disciplinary studies.

Death and Events

Death and Events
Author: Ian R Lamond
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2021-11-12
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 1000469883

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This unique volume examines death from a socio-cultural events perspective. Drawing on the empirical and conceptual work produced by an international body of researchers, it is the first publication to look at death, dying, memorialization, and their mediation, from an events orientation. By placing the contribution of these scholars together, this book provides a unique opportunity to instigate an international, critical discussion, around the connectivities associated with death and events. Chapters consider connections to death and events on many levels, including individual, local, communally based, construals of the event landscape; the relationship between death and events into larger socio-cultural frames of reference. Chapteres also consider how death and events are manifest through diverse platforms of mediation, with a discussion of the media presentation of end of life events, and the articulation of death online. Case studies from a wide-ranging selection of countries, from Moscow to Bangladesh to Cambodia, are examined throughout. This will be of great interest to upper-level students and researchers in event studies as well as a variety of other disciplines such as sociology and cultural studies.

Handbook on Human Security Borders and Migration

Handbook on Human Security  Borders and Migration
Author: Natalia Ribas-Mateos
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2021-02-26
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 1839108908

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Drawing on the concept of the ‘politics of compassion’, this Handbook interrogates the political, geopolitical, social and anthropological processes which produce and govern borders and give rise to contemporary border violence.

The Power of Culture

The Power of Culture
Author: Priscilla Roberts
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 603
Release: 2016-01-14
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 144388782X

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China and the United States, two massive economic and military powers, cannot avoid engaging with each other. Enjoying what is often termed “the most important bilateral relationship in the world”, the two sometimes cooperate, but often compete, as their interests come into conflict. Both countries are separated not just by the Pacific Ocean, but also by their very different histories, experiences, societies, customs, and outlooks. Non-governmental, unofficial relationships and exchanges are often as important as formal dealings in determining the climate of Sino-American relations. For several decades in the mid-twentieth century, Chinese and Americans were virtually isolated from each other, trapped in icy hostility. Chinese scholars are now making up for lost time. This assortment of essays, most by mainland Chinese academics and students, focuses upon the role of culture – very broadly defined – in Sino-American affairs. Taking a holistic approach, in this collection over thirty authors focus on such topics as the influence of ideology, the impact of geopolitics, the use of rhetoric, soft power, educational encounters and exchanges, immigration, gender, race, identity, literature, television, movies, music, and the press. Cultural factors are, as the authors demonstrate, enormously significant in affecting how Chinese and Americans think about and approach each other, both as individuals and at the state level.

World Yearbook of Education 2015

World Yearbook of Education 2015
Author: Agnès van Zanten
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2015-02-11
Genre: Education
ISBN: 1317663039

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This latest volume in the World Yearbook of Education Series focuses on educational elites and inequality, focusing particularly on the ways in which established and emergent groups located at the top of the social hierarchy and power structure reproduce, establish or redefine their position. The volume is organized around three main issues: analyzing the way in which parents, students and graduates in positions of social advantage use their assets and capitals in relation to educational strategies, and how these are different for old and new and cultural and economic elites; studying how elite institutions have adapted their strategies to take into account changes in the social structure, in policy and in their institutional environment and exploring the impact of these strategies on educational systems at the national and global levels; mapping the new global dynamics in elite education and how new forms of 'international education' and 'transnational cultural capital' as well as new global educational elite pathways shape elite students’ identities, status and trajectories. Making use of a social and an institutional approach as well as a focus on practices and policies, the volume draws on research conducted on secondary schools and on higher education. In addition, the global contributions within the book allow for a comparison and contrast of situations in different countries. This results in a comprehensive picture of common processes and national differences concerning advantage and excellence and a thorough examination of the impact of globalization on the strategies, identities and trajectories of elite groups and individuals alongside more general cultural and economic processes.

Global Powers in the 21st Century

Global Powers in the 21st Century
Author: Alexander T.J. Lennon
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 450
Release: 2008-08
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 0262622181

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Table of Contents Introduction Concert or Clash of Global Powers in the 21st Century? Alexander T.J. Lennon Lennon, Alexander T.J. Amanda Kozlowski Kozlowski, Amanda Pt. I Does India Belong? Is India a Major Power? George Perkovich Perkovich, George 3 Balancing Interests and Values: India's Struggle with Democracy Promotion C. Raja Mohan Mohan, C. Raja 22 Building a New Partnership with India Teresita C. Schaffer Schaffer, Teresita C. 43 Is India, or Will It Be, a Responsible International Stakeholder? Xenia Dormandy Dormandy, Xenia 60 Pt. II The Rise of China Why Does China Matter? Robert Sutter Sutter, Robert 79 China's Challenge to Pax Americana Evan A. Feigenbaum Feigenbaum, Evan A. 97 China Views Globalization: Toward a New Great-Power Politics? Yong Deng Yong, Deng Thomas G. Moore Moore, Thomas G. 113 The Promise and Limitations of a Sino-U.S. Partnership Wu Xinbo Wu, Xinbo 137 The New Strategic Triangle: U.S. and European Reactions to China's Rise David Shambaugh Shambaugh, David 151 Pt. III Resurgent Russia Putin's Choice Zbigniew Brzezinski Brzezinski, Zbigniew 175 Putin's Plan Clifford G. Gaddy Gaddy, Clifford G. Andrew C. Kuchins Kuchins, Andrew C. 201 Russian Transimperialism and Its Implications Celeste A. Wallander Wallander, Celeste A. 217 Russia Redefines Itself and Its Relations with the West Dmitri Trenin Trenin, Dmitri 236 Us and Them: Anti-American Views of the Putin Generation Sarah E. Mendelson Mendelson, Sarah E. Theodore P. Gerber Gerber, Theodore P. 249 Pt. IV Europe's Power and its Natural Limits Europe's Leverage Robert E. Hunter Hunter, Robert E. 275 Europe and Islam: Crescent Waxing, Cultures Clashing Timothy M. Savage Savage, Timothy M. 298 The Death of Enlargement Gideon Rachman Rachman, Gideon 328 Europe Inside Out Robin Niblett Niblett, Robin 335 A Weakened EU's Prospects for Global Leadership Franco Algieri Algieri, Franco 357 Pt. V Japan's Quest for Normalcy Japan: Using Power Narrowly Edward J. Lincoln Lincoln, Edward J. 371 Japan's Goldilocks Strategy Richard J. Samuels Samuels, Richard J. 392 A Continuum of Change Akio Watanabe Watanabe, Akio 412 U.S.-Japanese Relations after Koizumi: Convergence or Cooling? Michael J. Green Green, Michael J. 424.