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11 Jul 2008
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World Society and the Middle East offers an innovative theoretical framework for the study of Middle East politics. By using rich empirical data on current developments in Middle East politics and society (with a special focus on Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria) the book focuses on pertinent issues in contemporary Middle East studies such as the role of space and power, the pervasiveness of patterns of inclusion/exclusion as well as the status of identities and conflicts. It applies world society theory in modern systems theory to the study of this conflict-ridden region and argues that any comprehensive study on Middle East politics must be firmly embedded within the framework of a complex theory of globalization and a deconstructivist understanding of society.


Description

World Society and the Middle East offers an innovative theoretical framework for the study of Middle East politics. By using rich empirical data on current developments in Middle East politics and society (with a special focus on Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria) the book focuses on pertinent issues in contemporary Middle East studies such as the role of space and power, the pervasiveness of patterns of inclusion/exclusion as well as the status of identities and conflicts. It applies world society theory in modern systems theory to the study of this conflict-ridden region and argues that any comprehensive study on Middle East politics must be firmly embedded within the framework of a complex theory of globalization and a deconstructivist understanding of society.


Reviews


'This is a path-breaking study that leads our analysis of the Middle East to new horizons. Stetter provides a rare example of combining theoretical sophistication with deep empirical knowledge. A challenging and thought-provoking piece of work that cannot be ignored.' - Professor Thomas Diez, University of Birmingham, UK 
 
'Stephan Stetter's book makes use of the insights of 'theory' and 'area studies' in understanding the 'Middle East'. It tackles difficult questions (as with 'conflict' and 'peace') and politicizes those very answers that mainstream approaches present as 'natural' (and therefore 'unchanging'). It is an inspired and inspiring read.' – Pinar Bilgin, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


Contents

PART I: WORLD SOCIETY AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Introduction: Globalization, World Society and the Study of the Middle East in IR         
Regionalization and Debordering: The Middle East between Global Interconnectivity and Functional Differentiation
PART II: THE CREEPING ANTAGONIZATION OF MIDDLE EAST POLITICS  
Power and Contestations: Crossings the Lines between Power and Powerlessness in the Middle East    
Inclusion and Exclusion: Fragile Strategies of Deparadoxification in the Middle East       
PART III: RETHINKING CONFLICTS AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST      
Identities and Conflicts: The 'Deep Perturbation' of Middle East politics                       
Beyond Orientalisation and Civilization: Concluding Remarks


Authors

STEPHAN STETTER is Professor of International Politics at the Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany. His main areas of expertise are IR theory, Middle East politics and society, EU foreign policies, and Euro-Mediterranean relations. He is author of Territorial Conflicts in World Society, The Middle East under Fire?, EU Foreign and Interior Policies and The European Union and Border Conflicts.