International Relations--Still an American Social Science?

Toward Diversity in International Thought

Edited by Robert M.A. Crawford & Darryl S.L. Jarvis

Subjects: International Relations
Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
Paperback : 9780791447048, 416 pages, November 2000
Hardcover : 9780791447031, 416 pages, November 2000

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Introduction. International Relations as an Academic Discipline: If It's Good for America, Is It Good for the World?
Robert M. A. Crawford

PART I. Hegemony and Diversity in International Thought

1. An American Social Science: International Relations
Stanley Hoffmann

2. What Does it Mean to be an American Social Science? A Pragmatist Case for Diversity in International Relations
Molly Cochran

3. Along the Road of International Theory in the Next Millennium: Four Travelogues
Kalevi J. Holsti

4. Identity Politics, Postmodern Feminisms and International Theory: Questioning the "New" Diversity in International Relations
D. S. L. Jarvis

5. Can There be National Perspectives on Inter(National) Relations?
Tony Porter

PART II. National and TransNational Identities in InterNational Theory

6. Hegemony and Autonomy in International Relations: The Continental Experience
A. J. R. Groom and Peter Mandaville

7. Tales that Textbooks Tell: Ethnocentricity and Diversity in American Introductions to International Relations
Kim Richard Nossal

8. The End of International Relations?
Martin Griffiths and Terry O'Callaghan

9. Fog in the Channel: Continental International Relations Theory Isolated (Or an essay on the Paradoxes of Diversity and Parochilaism in IR Theory)
Chris Brown

10. Where Have All the Theorists Gone -- Gone to Britain, Every One? A Story of Two Parochialisms in International Relations
Robert M. A. Crawford

11. Above the "American Discipline": A Canadian Perspective on Epistemological and Pedagogical Diversity
Mark Neufeld and Teresa Healy

12. Transcending National Identity: The Global Political Economy of Gender and Class
Jan Pettman

PART III. Toward Diversity in International Thought

13. International Relations and Cognate Disciplines: From Economics to Historical Sociology
James L. Richardson

14. At the Wood's Edge: Toward a Theoretical Clearing for Indigenous Diplomacies in International Relations
Roger Epp

15. Out with Theory -- In with Practical Reflection: Toward a New Understanding of Realist Moral Skepticism
Roger D. Spegele

16. Beyond International Relations: Edward Said and the World
Pal Ahluwalia and Michael Sullivan

Conclusion Internatinal Relations: An International Discipline?
D. S. L. Jarvis



Challenges the parochialism and "Americanization" of the field of International Relations.


This book is a valuable evaluation of the propensity toward parochialism in international thought. It analyzes the implications in terms of how the "problems" of international relations, the theoretical tools constructed to deal with them, and the direction of theoretical debate often reflect the unconscious bias of the national domains in which these intellectual activities are conducted. It scans the breadth of the contemporary discipline, broadly attempting to take its pulse and assess the contours of its new diversity.

Contributors include Pal Ahluwalia, Chris Brown, Molly Cochran, Robert M. A. Crawford, Roger Epp, Martin Griffiths, A. J. R. Groom, Teresa Healey, John M. Hobson, K. J. Holsti, Darryl S. L. Jarvis, Peter Mandaville, Mark Neufeld, Kim R. Nossal, Terry O'Callaghan, Jan Pettman, Tony Porter, James Richardson, Roger Spegele, and Michael Sullivan.

Robert M. A. Crawford is Assistant Professor in the Arts Program at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Regime Theory in the Post-Cold War World: Rethinking Neoliberal Approaches to International Relations. Darryl S. L. Jarvis is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of International Relations: Defending the Discipline.