This book provides a critical understanding of contemporary world politics by arguing that the neoliberal approach to international relations alienates many, often cornering them into retaliating against violence with more violence. Working from the premise that neoliberalism has been developed from Western principles, norms, practices and institutions, the authors of this pioneering work develop an alternative approach to world politics that intertwines both non-Western and Western traditions. Combining Marxist, postcolonial, feminist and critical security approaches with Greek and Chinese theories of politics, broadly defined, the authors contend that contemporary world politics cannot be understood outside the legacies of multiple worlds, including notions of gender, race, class, and nationality, which are themselves linked to earlier histories of colonizations and their contemporary formations.Drawing on fiction and poetry, the authors build on their 'multiple worlds' approach to consider different sites of world politics, arguing that a truly emancipatory understanding of world politics requires more than just a shift in ways of thinking; above all, it requires a shift in ways of being.
Transforming World Politics will be of vital interest to students and scholars of international relations, social theory, women's studies, area studies, and security studies.
York University, Canada The New School, New York, USA