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International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity
This cutting-edge textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to international relations theory. Arguing that theory is central to explaining the dynamics of world politics, it includes a wide variety of theoretical positions--from the historically dominant traditions to powerful critical voices since the 1980s. The editors have brought together a team of international ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 12th 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
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First of all, I don't know how a book with so many typos and grammatical errors ever made it to publishing. That's besides the point, though, as my main complaint with this book is that it explained things in much more confusing terms than necessary. This book seems to take the idea that if there's a bigger word for something simple, you should use it. I don't mind big words, but when a concept is being taught to you for the first time (and this is an intro to IR textbook), it's definitely not t ...more
My first real philosophy book from an academic standpoint! It was like the IS book written by various authors so the writing style was good and bad at times. However, it did cover theoretial subjects quite well and I thought it was useful as a text when I studied theory. I'm glad I'm done with it though. Now I don't need to worry much more about critical theory, ie poststructuralism (that I presented a class on!), feminism, and constructivism. I wish I would have gotten the other bigger book by ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Pavol Hardos rated it liked it · review of another edition
A mixed bag. Each approach gets a chapter by it's noted scholar, which may sound like a good idea - who better to explain than a proponent? But the book reads as if some contributors could not decide whether to explain or advance their favorite position and they end up doing neither.