Critical Approaches to International Relations

Philosophical Foundations and Current Debates


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Critical Approaches to International Relations: Philosophical Foundations and Current Debates explores the achievements of a wide variety of critical approaches in International Relations theory, discusses the barrage of criticism and theoretical openings they levied against the IR orthodoxy and suggests future potential of critical IR scholarship to improve not only our explanatory possibilities, but also our ethical and practical horizons.

In line with this broad objective, the book examines a number of influential approaches within critical IR scholarship, including core strands of critical IR theory such as Marxism, post-structuralism, Feminism, post-colonialism and green politics as well as some sub-school approaches such as Marxist theories of imperialism, dependency perspective, uneven and combine development and non-western IR theory.

Contributors are: M. Kürşad Özekin, Engin Sune, Çağdaş Özeniş, Gözde Turan, Mine Nur Küçük, Neslihan Dikmen Alsancak, Zeynep Arıöz, Pınar Akgül, and Altuğ Günar.

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M. Kürşad Özekin holds a Ph.D. in international relations from University of Sussex. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University.

Engin Sune is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at Hacettepe University. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University.

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1  Introduction Foundations of International Relations Theory
  M. Kürşad Özekin and Engin Sune

2 Relevance and Contributions of Marxism as a Critical ir Theory
  Engin Sune and M. Kürşad Özekin

3 Imperialism as a Critical Theory of ir
  Engin Sune

4 The Achievements of Dependency Approach as a Critical ir Theory
  M. Kürşad Özekin

5 Uneven and Combined Development A Dialectical and International Theory of Social Change
  Çağdaş Özeniş

6 Poststructuralism and the Poststructuralist Turn in ir
  Gözde Turan

7 Postcolonial Approaches in International Relations
  Mine Nur Küçük

8 International Political Sociology and International Relations
  Neslihan Dikmen Alsancak

9 Feminism and the Discipline of International Relations
  Zeynep Arıöz

10 Non-Western International Relations Theories
  Pınar Akgül

11 Green Theory in ir A Theory for a Green World
  Altuğ Günar

12 Epilogue
  Engin Sune and M. Kürşad Özekin


The primary target readers consist of graduate students, scholars and policy makers who are eager to better understand historical foundations and current debates of the complex strands of critical approaches in international relations.
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