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International Relations in the Anthropocene

New Agendas, New Agencies and New Approaches

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers an introduction to the concept and importance of the Anthropocene in International Relations

  • Explores the key themes of International Relations and the Anthropocene including governance, security and resilience

  • Includes contributions from all of the major names in the field

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction: International Relations in the Anthropocene

    • Delf Rothe, Franziska Müller, David Chandler
    Pages 1-16
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-20
    2. The Nuclear Origins of the Anthropocene

      • Rens van Munster
      Pages 59-75
    3. Decolonizing the Anthropocene

      • Cheryl McEwan
      Pages 77-94
    4. Geoengineering: A New Arena of International Politics

      • Olaf Corry, Nikolaj Kornbech
      Pages 95-112
    5. Genealogies of the Anthropocene and How to Study Them

      • Delf Rothe, Ann-Kathrin Benner
      Pages 113-131
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-136
    2. Security in the Anthropocene

      • Maria Julia Trombetta
      Pages 155-172Open Access
    3. Caring for the World: Security in the Anthropocene

      • Cameron Harrington
      Pages 209-226

About this book

This textbook introduces advanced students of International Relations (and beyond) to the ways in which the advent of, and reflections on, the Anthropocene impact on the study of global politics and the disciplinary foundations of IR. The book contains 23 chapters, authored by senior academics as well as early career scholars, and is divided into four parts, detailing, respectively, why the Anthropocene is of importance to IR, challenges to traditional approaches to security, the question of governance and agency in the Anthropocene, and new methods and approaches, going beyond the human/nature divide.

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster, UK.

Franziska Müller is Assistant Professor for Globalization and Climate Governance at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Delf Rothe is Researcher and Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded research project ‘The Knowledge Politics of Security in the Anthropocene’, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Chapter 9, “Security in the Anthropocene” is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • International Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Environmental Politics
  • Sustainability
  • International Theory
  • What is the Anthropocene?
  • Environmental Security
  • Geopolitics of the Anthropocene
  • Posthuman International Relations
  • Geoengineering
  • Securitization practices in the Anthropocene
  • Climate Migration
  • Digital climate governance
  • Smart Cities
  • Security and resilience

Reviews

“This is a ground-breaking book on the wider intimations of the Anthropocene for thinking International Relations differently. Written in an accessible style, it covers an impressive array of theoretical and substantive topics, including planetary thinking, Posthumanism, environmental security, Decolonial and Queerfeminist thought, governance and new epistemologies. A superb collection of original essays, International Relations in the Anthropocene is likely to serve as a standard reference on the theme of the Anthropocene in the field of International Relations.” (Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Chair in International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK)

“This textbook provides a sophisticated yet highly accessible overview of the myriad facets of what is described as the Anthropocene condition. By shifting our analytical gaze towards a planetary approach rooted in transdisciplinary knowledges and methodologies, it challenges the ways in which world affairs have customarily been conceived, analyzed and taught. International Relations in the Anthropocene offers a priceless resource for those who seek a comprehensive ‘one-stop’ source of concepts, themes and approaches for understanding and addressing our current existential crisis.” (Arlene B. Tickner, Professor of International Relations, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia)

“This trailblazing textbook – the first ever to anchor the study of IR in the politics of the Anthropocene – is set to transform the way students think and learn. Teachers like myself have long needed such a book to explain the intensifying turbulence of life on our planet.” (Peter Dauvergne, Professor of International Relations, University of British Columbia, Canada)

International Relations in the Anthropocene represents an important step for IR and its ability to engage with and respond to the planetary real. This book introduces new ideas of agency, updates traditional understandings of institutions and global governance, and expands our vocabulary for teaching and researching in global politics. It introduces methods that take us beyond the usual approaches with chapters on the city, map-making, collaging, weather, cinema and space. A must for the twenty-first century classroom.” (Stefanie Fishel, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, London, UK

    David Chandler

  • Department of Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Franziska Müller

  • Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Delf Rothe

About the editors

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster, UK.

Franziska Müller is Assistant Professor for Globalization and Climate Governance at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Delf Rothe is Researcher and Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded research project ‘The Knowledge Politics of Security in the Anthropocene’, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-53014-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)