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International Political Sociology


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Part 1: LINES

Chapter 1: Only Connect: International, Political, Sociology

RBJ Walker

Chapter 2: International Political Sociology: Rethinking the International through Dynamics of Power

Didier Bigo

Chapter 3: Continuity, Discontinuity and Contingency: Insights for IPS from Political Geography

John Agnew

Chapter 4: IBO, IPS and SIP: Engaging the Sociologies of International Relations

Mathias Albert and Yosef Lapid


Chapter 5: Diagrams, Dispositifs and the Signature of Power in the Study of the International

Mitchell Dean

Chapter 6: Transnational Fields and Power Elites: Reassembling the International with Bourdieu and Practice Theory

Mikael Rask Madsen

Chapter 7: Performing Methods: Practice and Politics

Claudia Aradau & Jef Huysmans

Chapter 8: The Great Map of Mankind

Christine Helliwell and Barry Hindess


Chapter 9: Global Governance and the Politics of Inequality: Problematizing Controversies in the Field of International Development

Joao P. Nogueira

Chapter 10: Enacting International Citizenship

Engin Isin

Chapter 11: Technology and Security Practices: Situating the technological imperative

Stefan Davishofer, Julien Jeandesboz & Francesco Ragazzi

Chapter 12: Violence, War and Security Knowledge: Between Practical Theories and Theoretical Practices

Philippe Bonditti & Christian Olsson

Chapter 13: Big Data Surveillance: Snowden, Everyday Practices and Digital Futures

David Lyon

Chapter 14: Mobilities, Ruptures, Transitions

Tugba Basaran & Elspeth Guild

About the Author

Tugba Basaran is associate researcher at CCLS (France) and visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA. Didier Bigo is Professor at King's College London department of War studies and research professor of international relations at Sciences-Po Paris/CERI, France. He is also director of the Center for study of conflicts, liberty and security (CCLS), France. Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet is lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. He is also associate researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology and the Canada Research Chair in Security, Identity and Technology at the University of Montreal, Canada. R.B.J. Walker is Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, and the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.


'After disciplines, disciplinarity, what can we say about the international? Instead of 'essentialist or transcendental causalities,' how can we possibly know what we are talking about? This book uncovers 'transversal lines' and more-mobilities, ruptures, transitions-and it does so without the old and broken crutches.' - Nicholas Onuf, Professor, Florida International University, USA

'International Political Sociology is only twenty years old as a field, but it has already yielded more penetrating modes of inquiry, cogent analytic approaches and suggestive theorizing than seems within the capabilities of its three established nominal elements -- or any combination of them. This is at once a demonstration of what has been achieved to date and an invitation to building on, expanding -- and, yes, challenging -- those achievements.' - Martin O. Heisler, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, USA

'This important collection presents a rich new way of looking at the major problems of international relations, security studies and political sociology through the lens of such major social theorists as Foucault and Bourdieu. The result is a new approach to such themes as borders, surveillance and big data which are central challenges for the social sciences today.' - Arjun Appadurai, Professor, New York University, USA 'This book is an outstanding, thought provoking and much needed contribution to studies on security, politics and the international. By exploring how to think sociologically about politics, the work of this excellent group of researchers invites us to question established ideas and concepts in international politics, to explore new empirical endeavors, and to envision alternative forms of power and authority. In short, it does what at the outset seems impossible: it helps us to understand the particularity of the field of 'International Political Sociology', while still leaving open possibilities for observing new and interesting developments in world politics.' - Karen Lund Petersen, Copenhagen University, Denmark

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