Imagining Disarmament, Enchanting International Relations

Authors: Bolton, Matthew

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  • Offers a defense of an enchanted, qualitative and discursive approach to IR theory and practice at a time when quantitative and positivist approaches are becoming increasingly entrenched
  • Shows how advocacy organizations and small states can influence the international political agenda on security issues through exercising discursive and symbolic power
  • Reveals the political agency of actors often overlooked in the analysis of international security, including advocacy organizations, small island states and activists
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This book explores the global politics of disarmament through emerging international relations (IR) theories of discourse and imagination. Each chapter reflects on an aspect of contemporary activism on weapons through an analogous story from literary tradition. Shahrazade, convenor of the 1001 Nights, offers a potent metaphor for the humanitarian advocacy seeking to moderate the behaviour of violent people. The author reads Don Quixote in Cambodia‚Äôs minefields, reflects on Lysistrata at Greenham Common and considers how tropes in The Tempest were enrolled in both Pacific nuclear testing and efforts to resist it. The book draws on ethnographic fieldwork in communities affected by weapons and disarmament advocacy at the UN and calls for a re-enchantment of IR, alive to affect, ritual and myth. 

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Matthew Breay Bolton is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Disarmament Institute at Pace University, USA. Since 2014 he has worked on the UN advocacy of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imagining Disarmament, Enchanting International Relations
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17716-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17716-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17715-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 133
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