International Relations and States of Exception

International Relations and States of Exception

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Critically but sympathetically interrogating Italian philosopher Giorgio Agambena€™s analysis of the logic of sovereign power, this volume draws attention to the multiple zones of exclusion in and through which contemporary international politics constitutes itself. Beginning from the margins and peripheries of world politics, this book emphasises the colonial processes through which contemporary qthird worldq spaces of exception have been shaped and particular bodies made susceptible to the conditions of qbare lifeq. The authors contend that these bodies inhabit a variety of spaces or qzones of indistinctionq that include political detainees, refugees, asylum-seekers, poor migrants, sweatshop workers, and unassimilated indigenous populations. These are the qexpendable bodiesq that the territorial and market-driven logic of current international relations simultaneously produces, polices and excludes. Focussing on the locally and socio-historically specific ways that sovereign power works, the individual chapters provide the volume with a wide geographical reach. Drawing on diverse approaches, this text constitutes an important intervention in critical international relations, providing grounded theory and sophisticated analyses of how contemporary international relations works through the production of a€˜exceptionsa€™. Bringing together a range of internationally-renowned scholars, International Relations and States of Exception will be of vital interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Critical Theory and Postcolonial Studies.Halit Mustafa Emin Tagma is a PhD candidate and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Arizona State University, U.S.A. His research interests are critical theories of international relations, and sovereignty and biopower, theanbsp;...

Title:International Relations and States of Exception
Author: Shampa Biswas, Sheila Nair
Publisher:Routledge - 2009-12-16

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