New PDF release: Beyond Positivism: Critical Reflections on International

By Claire Turenne Sjolander

ISBN-10: 1555874835

ISBN-13: 9781555874834

This paintings adopts the idea that the metatheoretical debates approximately positivists and post-positivists have reached an deadlock; it means that an technique pushed via theoretical reflexivity deals a foundation on which substitute understandings of diplomacy should be constructed.

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Hegemony, as demonstrated by Keohane's suggestion that these two social forces should "act collectively in areas of world politics in which humans seek to cope with collective problems such as those arising from ecological and economic interdependence" (Keohane, 1989:246). Furthermore, this focus offers no guarantees that gender-specific issues such as violence against women or the deteriorating capacities of the majority of Third World female producers to feed their  < previous page < previous page page_141 page_142 next page > next page > Page 142 families, generally invisible in the mainstream agendas of pressing international problems, will become political priorities for sustained collective action.

As Whitworth (1989) so cogently has pointed out, this perspective suffers from the limits inherent in the liberal feminist approach to development (WID); it brings women into international relations without confronting the structural dimensions of women's subordination. In bridging the gap between liberal pluralist models of international processes and critical international relations theories, the World Order Models Project (Falk, 1975) appears to open up significant space for theorizing gender, given its broad set of concerns for social justice, equitable redistribution of material resources, application of human rights, ecological balance, and peace.

More importantly, the extent to which regime analyses can provide the basis for an emancipatory political project that speaks to the aspirations of all women is severely limited. Regime perspectives take structural inequalities in the international political economy and interstate system as given and seek to work within these parameters. As a consequence, power inequalities among actors that arise from structural inequalities in social power at the national and international levels remain outside the scope of the regime analytic framework.

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