This edited book focuses primarily on contemporary debates and the critical and postmodern theories to be considered a significant contribution to the field. This book shows that critical international relations theories, which are incomprehensible and challenging, are easy and understandable. The book analyzes the Frankfurt School, constructivism, post-colonialism, feminism, critical geopolitics, political economy, Copenhagen School, Aberystwyth School, Paris School and Ontological security. Critical Theories in International Relations argues that neither identity nor security can be considered a fixed and objective issue, can change according to time and space, and depend on historical and sociological factors. Nothing is given for critical approaches, and they are produced and reproduced in ever-changing conditions that lead to new truths and meanings. These are the results of reflexive and non-linear interactions. In this context, it is made pedagogically understandable to the readers within this framework.
Tayyar Ari is professor of international relations at Bursa Uludag University.
Part I: Political Economy and Critical Tradition
Chapter 1: International Political Economy: Critical Approach by VEYSEL AYHAN
Chapter 2: Critical Theory and International Relations by MUZAFFER ERCAN YILMAZ
Part II: Social Approaches and Critics of Conventional Theories: Via Media in IR
Chapter 3: Normative International Relations Theory Today: Ethical Dilemmas and Tragedy
by ZERRİN AYŞE ÖZTÜRK
Chapter 4: Constructivism in International Relations by YÜCEL BOZDAĞLIOĞLU
Part III: Critical Approach to Security
Chapter 5: Aberystwyth School of Security Studies by BÜLENT SARPER AĞIR
Chapter 6: Copenhagen School of Security Studies by BÜLENT SARPER AĞIR
Chapter 7: Paris School and the Theory of Insecurity by TAYYAR ARI
Chapter 8: Ontological Security Theory and the Security of Self by TAYYAR ARI and MEHMET ALİ AK
Part IV: Postmodern Theories: Critical International Relations
Chapter 9: Post-Colonial Perspectives in International Relations by OKTAY BİNGÖL and DOĞAN ŞAFAK POLAT
Chapter 10: Feminism and/or Gender Studies in International Relations: A New Language for Women’s Studies? by ÇİĞDEM AYDIN KOYUNCU
Chapter 11: Critical Geopolitics in International Relations by MURAT YEŞİLTAŞ
About the Contributors
This collection provides a unique survey of contemporary critical theoretical approaches to international relations from the perspective of scholars of the Turkish academy.
In a time when our globalizing world has been confronted by radical uncertainty and ontological insecurities, Critical Theories in International Relations is an important intervention that brings together a number of approaches and schools not only enlarging but also advancing our understanding of world politics. A well-written, timely, original and much-needed contribution to IR Theory from the scholars of Turkey. A terrific book and essential reading for students, academics and policy makers.