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Narrative Global Politics : Theory, History and the Personal in International Relations (Hardcover)
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This volume seeks to harness the virtual explosion of narrative writing in contemporary academic international politics. It is comprised of an introduction and eighteen short essays that both build upon and diversify the success of the 2010 volume Autobiographical International Relations. In that volume, academics wrote about how life events brought them to their subject matter. They placed their narratives in the larger context of world politics, culture, and history.
This volume asks contributors to explore moments in their academic lives that were generally inexpressible in the standard academic voice and which, in turn, require a different way of writing and knowing. The authors in this collection believe that the costs of fictive distancing have now overrun its benefits and that academic IR has already begun to profit from a different kind of writing – a style that retrieves the "I" and explicitly demonstrates its presence both within the world and within academic writing. By working within the overlap between theory, history, and autobiography, these essays aim to increase the clarity, urgency, and meaningfulness of academic work.
Highlighting the autoethnographic and autobiographic turn in critical international relations, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars in international relations, ir theory and global politics.