The new edition of this innovative textbook introduces students to the main theories in international relations. It explains and analyzes each theory, allowing students to understand and critically engage with the myths and assumptions behind them. Each theory is illustrated using the example of a popular film. Key features of this textbook include: discussion of all the main theories: realism and neo-realism, idealism and neo-idealism, liberalism, constructivism, postmodernism, gender and globalization two new chapters on the 'clash of civilizations' and Hardt and Negri's Empire innovative use of narratives from films that students will be familiar with: Lord of the Flies, Independence Day, Wag the Dog, Fatal Attraction, The Truman Show, East is East and Memento an accessible and exciting writing style which is well-illustrated with film stills, boxed key concepts and guides to further reading. This breakthrough textbook has been designed to unravel the complexities of international relations theory in a way that allows students a clearer idea of how the theories work and the myths that are associated with them.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Realism 3. Idealism 4. Constructivism 5. Gender 6. Globalization 7. 'The Clash of Civilizations' 8. Empire Conclusion
Cynthia Weber is Professor of International Studies at the University of Lancaster, UK. She is the author of four book and numerous articles in the field of international relations.