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Culture and Religion in International Relations

The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations

The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century

Authors: Thomas, S.

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This book is about the global resurgence of culture and religion in international relations, and how these social changes are transforming our understanding of International Relation theory, and the key policy-related issue areas in world politics. It is evident in the on-going debates over the 'root causes' of 9/11 that there are many scholars, journalists and members of the public who still believe culture and religion can be explained away by appeals to more 'basic' economic, social or political forces in society. Therefore The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations presents an argument for taking culture - and particularly religion - as social forces that are important for understanding world politics in the post-Westphalian era.

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SCOTT THOMAS is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries, University of Bath, UK. Thomas is the author of the Diplomacy of Liberation: the ANC's Foreign Relations Since 1960 (IB Taurus, 1996) and has published several chapters in edited volumes.

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Here undoubtedly is a book that is both helpful and insightful for those of us who feel there has got to be a better way to promote global security and global welfare' - from the foreword by Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel

Peace Laureate

'Scott Thomas' work should be read not only by scholars interested in international relations and development, but also by leaders in civil society - in the NGO's, in the corporations, and in the churches. We neglect religious factors in contemporary history to our great peril. One may quibble with his treatment of certain theorists of "modernity," but he sees key global trends clearly, and argues artfully for policies could correct today's intellectual and moral blinders.' - Max L. Stackhouse, Rimmer and Ruth DeVries Professor of Theology and Public Life, Princeton Theological Seminary, Author/editor of the series, God and Globalization

'Post Cold War and post 9/11 politics have witnessed the global resurgence of religion, nationalism and ethnic identity and underscored the failure of international relations theory to anticipate and adequately address the role of religion and culture. Scott Thomas' The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations is a powerful corrective, demonstrating how and why religion and culture are significant forces world politics that have transformed our understanding of IR theory.' -John L. Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University and author of Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

'The Global Resurgence of Religion is a vital topic on which mainstream international relations research has been oddly silent. In clear and measured prose Scott Thomas explicates the reason for our intellectual failures and develops an original, eclectic perspective that gives new relevance to the constructivist turn in international relations theory. More importantly, Thomas succeeds in illustrating empirically how and why religion matters in world politics. For those interested in regaining their voice on a crucial topic in world politics this book is essential reading.' -Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter Professor, Jr. of International Studies, Cornell University

'To the surprise of most academics and many politicians, religion has become one of the most dynamic forces in 21st century world politics. Scott Thomas's insightful analysis of this phenomenon fills a gaping hole in international relations theory and should help policy-makers and thoughtful citizens alike think more clearly about the ways in which profound religious and moral convictions can help build a measure of order in world affairs.' -George Weigel, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 1-17

    Thomas, Scott M.

  • “The Revenge of God?” the Twentieth Century as the “Last Modern Century”

    Pages 21-45

    Thomas, Scott M.

  • Blind Spots and Blowback: Why Culture and Religion were Marginalized in International Relations Theory

    Pages 47-69

    Thomas, Scott M.

  • In the Eye of the Storm: Explaining and Understanding Culture and Religion in International Relations

    Pages 71-96

    Thomas, Scott M.

  • The Soul of the World? Religious Non-State Actors and International Relations Theory

    Pages 97-118

    Thomas, Scott M.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations
Book Subtitle
The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century
Authors
Series Title
Culture and Religion in International Relations
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Scott M. Thomas
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7399-3
DOI
10.1057/9781403973993
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6112-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6157-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 300
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