Critical international relations is both firmly established and rapidly expanding, and this Handbook offers a wide-ranging survey of contemporary research. It affords insights into exciting developments, more challenging issues and less prominent topics, examining debates around questions of imperialism, race, gender, ethics and aesthetics, and offering both an overview of the existing state of critical international politics and an agenda-setting collection that highlights emerging areas and fosters future research. Sections cover: critique and the discipline; relations beyond humanity; art and narrative; war, religion and security; otherness and diplomacy; spaces and times; resistance; and embodiment and intimacy.

An international group of expert scholars, whose contributions are commissioned for the volume, provide chapters that facilitate teaching at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate level, inspire new generations of researchers in the field and promote collaboration, cross-fertilisation and inspiration across sub-fields often treated separately, such as feminism, postcolonialism and poststructuralism. The volume sees these strands as complementary not contradictory, and emphasises their shared political goals, shared theoretical resources and complementary empirical practices.

Each chapter offers specific, focused, in-depth analysis that complements and exemplifies the broader coverage, making this Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations essential reading for all students and scholars of international relations.

chapter |8 pages


ByJenny Edkins

part I|2 pages

Critique and the discipline

chapter 1|12 pages

Imperialism and limits of critique

ByLatha Varadarajan

chapter 2|11 pages

How to criticize without ever becoming a critic

BySergei Prozorov

chapter 3|15 pages

The empty neighbourhood

Race and disciplinary silence
ByVineet Thakur, Peter Vale

part II|2 pages

Relations beyond humanity

chapter 4|14 pages

Can international relations confront the cosmos?

ByAudra Mitchell

chapter 5|12 pages

Relating to relational worlds

Critical theory, relational thought and relational cosmology
ByMilja Kurki

chapter 6|12 pages

Confronting horror

International relations beyond humanity
ByFrançois Debrix

part III|2 pages

Art and narrative

chapter 7|14 pages

For Alex

The art of International Relations
ByDebbie Lisle

chapter 8|9 pages

Ways of seeing/ways of being in critical IR 1

ByAida A. Hozić

chapter 9|13 pages

Narrative and inquiry in international politics

ByElizabeth Dauphinee

part IV|2 pages

War, religion, security

chapter 10|14 pages

Critical war studies

ByShane Brighton

chapter 12|16 pages

Seeing radicalisation?

The pedagogy of the Prevent strategy
ByErzsébet Strausz, Charlotte Heath-Kelly

part V|2 pages

Otherness and diplomacy

chapter 13|15 pages

The politics of otherness

Illustrating the identity/alterity nexus and othering in IR
BySybille Reinke de Buitrago, Erica Resende

chapter 14|20 pages

Abusive fidelities

Diplomacy, translation, and the genres of man
BySam Okoth Opondo

chapter 15|15 pages

Why Octavio Paz matters

BySiddharth Mallavarapu

part VI|2 pages

Spaces and times

chapter 16|15 pages

Racing to the bottom, squeezing through the cracks

Imagining unbordered space
ByCatarina Kinnvall

chapter 17|15 pages

Ethics, critique and space in international politics

ByDan Bulley

chapter 18|12 pages

Critique and the international

Horizons, traces, finitude
ByTom Lundborg

part VII|2 pages


chapter 19|13 pages

The permutations of ‘taking’ political action

ByAndreja Zevnik

chapter 20|15 pages

The carnivalesque and resistance

ByTatevik Mnatsakanyan

part VIII|2 pages

Intimacy and embodiment

chapter 21|14 pages

Bodies and embodiment in IR

ByLauren Wilcox

chapter 22|15 pages

The intimate and the international

Love, sexuality, and queer feminist IR
ByMegan Daigle

chapter 23|17 pages

Henri Lefebvre and the production of theory

A ghost story
ByYvonne Rinkart