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Global South Perspectives on International Relations Theory.
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit. University of Jos, Nigeria. .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3352-6151
2017 (English)In: International Relations Theory / [ed] Stephen McGlinchey, Rosie Walters , Christian Sc heinpthy, Bristol, England: E-International Relations Publishing , 2017, p. 125-130Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Global South is generally understood to refer to less economically developed countries. It is a broad term that comprises a variety of states with diverse levels of economic, cultural, and political influence in the international order. Although International Relations is an interdisciplinary field of study, it has historically been studied from a very Eurocentric perspective that does not always help us to understand developments occurring in  the  Global  South. Understanding Global South perspectives starts with a discussion of the Western-centric focus of mainstream IR theories. It also recognises the challenges facing scholars from the Global South that might help to explain why Global South perspectives are largely absent from mainstream debates. The ultimate goal is to broaden the field of view within IR theory to incorporate a more just and representative understanding of international relations.The main weakness of mainstream Western IR theories is that they are not universally experienced as mainstream. The concepts they are based on do not unequivocally reflect or match the reality in many Global South states. Furthermore, certain questions that are central to Global South perspectives are absent or under-theorised in mainstream scholarship. Tickner (2016, 1) for example points out that issues of race and empire have been missing from mainstream theories despite the existence of solid scholarship in postcolonial and poststructuralist studies. Curiously, she adds, colonial dominations profoundly shaped the state of the current global order, yet they are not even remotely central to mainstream IR. Today, there is a growing body of scholarship that pays attention to the context of international relations theories in Africa, Asia and Latin America and to the diverse interpretations within these vast regions. Much of this scholarship has been produced under the umbrella term of ‘global IR’.

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Bristol, England: E-International Relations Publishing , 2017. p. 125-130
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Global south, IR-theory, Africa, Asia, Latin America
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2170ISBN: 978-1-910814-19-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2170DiVA: diva2:1176092
Available from: 2018-01-19 Created: 2018-01-19 Last updated: 2018-01-19

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