Building Your IR Theory Toolbox: An Introduction to Understanding World Politics

Building Your IR Theory Toolbox: An Introduction to Understanding World Politics

by Eric K. Leonard (Editor)

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Overview

This concise and accessible text provides a balanced introduction to international relations theory, recognizing that theories are the framework students use to understand the world around them. When exploring a topic or event in world politics, such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, or international trade, students must ask what they are trying to gain from the discussion. Through an examination of realism, liberalism, Marxism, social constructivism, feminism, and post-modernism, this text provides readers with the tools to understand the world in which they live. An invaluable resource for teaching theory to undergraduates, it brings together a wide range of perspectives--including realism, liberalism, Marxism, social constructivism, feminism, and post-modernism--in a single comprehensive and easily readable text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742567436
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/12/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 497,157
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Eric K. Leonard is Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Helping You Understand the World
Eric K. Leonard
Chapter 2 Realism and Neorealism: Power-Based Theory
Mark Sachleben
Chapter 3 Liberalism: Explaining the Presence of Cooperation
Eric K. Leonard
Chapter 4 Marxism: Why Social Class Matters
Eric K. Leonard
Chapter 5 Social Constructivism: The Power of Ideas and Norms
Alice D. Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann
Chapter 6 Feminism: Seeing Gender in Global Politics
Laura Sjoberg
Chapter 7 Postmodernism: Rethinking the Study of International Relations
Rosemary E. Shinko
Chapter 8 Wrap-Up: What Should We Make of IR Theory?
Eric K. Leonard

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