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Meaning and International Relations free pdf Are we, after the Cold War, living in a world 'without meaning'? How do we define ourselves in a world seemingly devoid of ideological struggle or clear foundations? This innovative volume brings together specialists in international relations to tackle a set of difficult questions about what it means to live in a globalized world where the purpose and direction of world politics are no longer clear-cut. Taking a cue from hermeneutic philosophy, the contributors examine a diverse set of topics including the localization of meaning in a globalized world, expressions of the 'spirit of the age' in photography, ideology in a post-ideological age, nihilism and the European project, feminist precursors to the crisis of meaning in international relations, performances of ethnicity in the context of conflict, the shifting meanings of Islam in European migrant communities, the turn to religion as a source of meaning in world politics, and the debate over a 'clash of civilizations'. A shared framework built on hermeneutics and the interpretation of experience provides this wide-ranging volume with a high degree of coherency. What emerges from these essays is a very clear sense that while we may be living in an era that lacks a single, universal purpose, ours is still a world replete with meaning. The authors in this volume stress the need for a pluralistic conception of meaning in a globalized world and demonstrate how increased communication and interaction in transnational spaces work to produce complex tapestries of culture and politics. Meaning and International Relations also makes an original and convincing case for the relevance of hermeneutic approaches to understanding contemporary international relations.

About Peter G. Mandaville

Peter Mandaville is Assistant Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, Washington D.C. He was previously a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Recent publications include Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma and The Zen of International Relations: IR Theory from East West, a co-edited volume. Andrew Williams is Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Recent publications include Failed Imagination? New World Orders of the Twentieth Century. He is currently writing a book entitled The Victors and the Vanquished: Liberal Dilemmas and the Ending of Wars.

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Author : Peter G. Mandaville
Publisher : Routledge
Data Published : 31 January 2003
ISBN : 041525812X
EAN : 9780415258128
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 200 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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