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The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2010 [Paperback]

Professor John M. Hobson
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29 Mar 2012
John Hobson claims that throughout its history most international theory has been embedded within various forms of Eurocentrism. Rather than producing value-free and universalist theories of inter-state relations, international theory instead provides provincial analyses that celebrate and defend Western civilization as the subject of, and ideal normative referent in, world politics. Hobson also provides a sympathetic critique of Edward Said's conceptions of Eurocentrism and Orientalism, revealing how Eurocentrism takes different forms, which can be imperialist or anti-imperialist, and showing how these have played out in international theory since 1760. The book thus speaks to scholars of international relations and also to all those interested in understanding Eurocentrism in the disciplines of political science/political theory, political economy/international political economy, geography, cultural and literary studies, sociology and, not least, anthropology.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107604540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107604544
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'Hobson's powerful indictment that international theory merely constructs a Eurocentric conception of world politics represents a significant challenge to theorists both of mainstream and critical persuasions. In light of the broad intellectual history that Hobson provides, this book will be of immense interest to a diverse audience of readers.' Brian C. Schmidt, Carleton University

'A masterful and provocative history of Western International Theory that challenges IR scholars to be sensitive to the Eurocentric biases of their intellectual heritage. This important and carefully reasoned book is a call to all of us to re-examine the moral and ethical implications of our research.' J. Ann Tickner, University of Southern California

'John M. Hobson's ambitious, searching, and wide-ranging critique of a long line of thinkers - from Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, to Hans Morgenthau - whose writings gave Western International Theory its current shape, is a tour de force. Not only does Hobson point up the persistently Eurocentric organization of the field, he also succeeds in making careful and important distinctions between varieties of Orientalism and Eurocentrism that are usually missing from contemporary analyses. All students of 'world politics' will benefit from this book that represents one of the finest contributions to date to postcolonial studies of international theory.' Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

'[Hobson's] book will be necessary reading for all those interested in IR.' Patrick Chabal, International Affairs

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John Hobson reveals international theory as grounded in Eurocentrism and argues that its prime purpose has been to promote the idea of Western civilization. This book will interest researchers in international relations and all those interested in understanding Eurocentrism across cultural studies and social sciences.

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A mainly theoretical book. As such it deals not with how this resulted in dominating the entire world, but in a story that addressed the theoretical foundations, so it is mainly a book about other's that contributed to Eurocentric and Imperialistic ideas. Interesting, I thought was that with this Hobson does clearly describe how the west was preaching one thing but was doing another. So all their ideas, were universal, value free, while in real they were functioning as a foundation to structure the geopolitical relations in such a way that they become beneficial, understandable and with the exploitable for western purposes. I was shocked by the amount of theorists he discussed not to mention the way he debunks their theories. To mention, a few Said, Wallerstein, Huntington, Fukuyama, Kennedy, Kaplan, Rawls, etc, are all severely criticised and time after time Hobson shows how all of their ideal follow and are rooted in western values, ideas and principles. I think, considering the amount of works Hobson discusses and summarise all this theories, a book of great value for Post-Colonial, Geopolitical, Political Science and Political Philosophy students. Although I read many of the books Hobson discusses, I made me realise there are still so many I still have to read. I seriously wish that we had used this book in 2002 for my course in Geopolitics.
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For some reason the table number 1, which basically lays down the entire framework of the work, does not show up in my kindle touch. I try this on the amazon cloud player and it works there, thus is probably an error for the kindle version.
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