Constructing International Studies

(First Edition)
Edited by Christopher M. Brown
©2017, 382 pages

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    Constructing International Studies is a collection of writings that explores the most progressive edge of the discipline. Through diverse perspectives and issues, the book gives students a thorough understanding of how the field is developing presently. By incorporating the conceptual thinking that will frame the next generation of international studies, it provides students an understanding of the contemporary discussions and prepares them for meaningful future engagement in the field.

    The book opens with a foreword by Nicholas Greenwood Onuf. The first thematic section is devoted to addressing the meaning of international studies and its place in academia. Subsequent sections discuss the construction of identities in a post-modern world, constructing the notion of the “international,” and deconstructing security and development. The textbook promotes a real-world global perspective through the inclusion of reflective readings from scholars who are shaping discussions on the future of the discipline. The work explores topics such as feminist international relations, international law and organizations, postcolonial agency, norms, international political economy, development, the rise of nationalism, and the role of human rights beyond liberal and republican traditions.

    Dynamic and interdisciplinary, the representative sampling of scholarship in Constructing International Studies is well-suited to lower-level courses with a progressive orientation. It is an ideal choice for upper-division courses dedicated to discussing current, enlivening themes in the field.

    Christopher M. Brown, who holds a doctorate of international relations from Florida International University, is a faculty member in Georgia Southern University's Department of Political Science and International Studies. His primary research agenda addresses normative issues of democratization and democracy theory, particularly with regard to representation and policy implementation. He has recently served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the American Political Science Association (APSA).
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