Complexity, Ecologism, and Posthuman Politics

Date

2012-12-11

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0260-2105

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Theorisations of the political in general, and international politics in particular, have been little concerned with the vast variety of other, non-human populations of species and ‘things’. This anthropocentrism limits the possibilities for the discipline to contribute on core issues and prescribes a very limited scope for study. As a response to this narrow focus, this article calls for the development of a posthuman approach to the study of international politics. By posthuman, we mean an analysis that is based on complexity theory, rejects Newtonian social sciences, and decentres the human as the object of study. We argue for a decentring of ‘the human’ in our scholarship as imperative to understanding the complexity of the world. However, this approach also has a political incentive, which we describe as ‘complex ecologism’.

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Citation

Cudworth, E. and Hobden, S. (2013) Complexity, Ecologism and Posthuman Politics. Review of International Studies, 39(3), pp. 643-664.

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice