Presentation on theme: "George Lawson IR100 - The structure of international society: what is international relations? (week 1) Lecture slides Original citation: Lawson, G. (2012)"— Presentation transcript:
What is IR? The study of war? Realists The study of peace? Liberals The study of capitalism and its inequalities? Marxists The study of the masculinist, hegemonic discourses which lie behind global power structures? Post- modernists The study of events, current affairs or world news? Historians/Journalists All of the above? Future leaders …
So is this IR? Inter vs. intra National vs. state … and relations Leading to … an anarchical system in which sovereign states follow their national interests
What about all this? The world market: trade, finance, labour International organisations: EU, IMF, UN Migration: look around the room! Ideas: democracy, revolution, communism, feminism, nationalism, Islamism, racism New forms of communication: social media, the internet, email, mobiles New security issues: HIV/Avian Flu/environmental degradation, human security Global (un)civil society: movements against war or world poverty (Jubilee 2000) lobbyists on particular issues (Amnesty, Greenpeace, MSF) far right groups and football hooligans
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The Structure of International Society Anarchy States Sovereignty Hierarchy Non-state actors Dependence What lies beneath the surface? Capitalism Race Gender Blood and gore
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