Culture and Religion in International Relations

Towards a Postsecular International Politics

New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power

Editors: Mavelli, L. (Ed.)

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An investigation of the postsecular in International Relations and how an increasingly postsecular international politics is contributing to the emergence of new patterns of authority, legitimacy and power in the international system.

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"This is a timely and most welcome collection of essays that explores the implications of the thesis of a postsecular world order. Challenging the dominant Western narrative of progress and secularism, the volume examines how traditional forms of community, identity, and power are being re-configured by religious ideas. Striking a happy balance between theoretical expositions and in-depth case studies, this fascinating and analytically sophisticated analysis will be valuable to IR scholars, political and social theorists, and members of the attentive public who realize that the contemporary challenges require a new thinking 'outside of the box.'' - Friedrich Kratochwil, Emeritus Professor, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

"The belated entry of postsecular perspectives in contemporary international relations is a welcome development to which this volume makes a valuable contribution. This book shows how postsecular discourse can be productively harnessed to deepen theoretical inquiry, the study of national and international contexts, and the role of non-state actors. In this sophisticated collection of essays, we see more clearly often neglected but important features of an elusive and rapidly changing international landscape and we gain a firmer grasp of the daunting normative challenges posed by an emerging postsecular future." - Joseph A. Camilleri, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Australia

"A welcome contribution to the growing interplay between political theory and international relations. Written by leading experts and drawing on recent discussions about 'postsecularity,' the volume contests and rethinks the traditional bifurcation between reason and faith, religion and politics, and questions the modern Westphalian paradigm focused on interacting secular states, thereby opening the path to a new 'multicultural international society' where different cultural and religious traditions are respected and brought into dialogue." - Fred Dallmayr, Emeritus Packey J. Dee Professor, University of Notre Dame, USA

"After years of struggling in the dark, IR scholars are not just discovering religion, they also are beginning to adopt theories, tools, and sensibilities that can begin to chart its presence in world politics. This volume shines an important light on how the religious and the secular operate in world affairs." - Michael N. Barnett, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University, USA

"Towards a Postsecular International Politics provides a series of insightful essays that address a major transformation in international politics in which the traditional line between the secular and religious is often blurred." - John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University, USA


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Towards a Postsecular International Politics

    Mavelli, Luca (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Achieving Political Legitimacy in the Twenty-First Century: Secular and Postsecular Imperatives

    Falk, Richard

    Pages 29-48

  • Trauma and Dislocation in the Postsecular World: Religious Fervor and the Problem of Methodology

    Chan, Stephen

    Pages 49-64

  • A Postsecular Global Order: Metaphysical Not Political?

    Rengger, Nicholas

    Pages 65-80

  • The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy’s International Thought for a “Postsecular” Age

    Christoyannopoulos, Alexandre

    Pages 81-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Towards a Postsecular International Politics
Book Subtitle
New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power
Editors
  • L. Mavelli
Series Title
Culture and Religion in International Relations
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34178-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137341785
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34177-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 276
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