Metaphors In International Relations Theory

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byMichael P. Marks, Michael P Marks

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Metaphors constitute a fundamental way in which humans understand the world around them. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of metaphors in theories of international relations. Until recently, conscious attention to metaphors in theories of international relations has been haphazard and sporadic. This book examines the metaphors that inform the major paradigms in international relations theory. Readers will discover that the vast majority of the terminology cataloguing, defining, and naming theories, concepts, and analytical tools pertaining to the study of international relations are metaphorical in nature. The book concludes that metaphors are an essential element in all aspects of international relations theory.

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Metaphors constitute a fundamental way in which humans understand the world around them. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of metaphors in theories of international relations. Until recently, conscious attention to metaphors in theories of international relations has been haphazard and sporadic. This book examines the metaphors...

Michael P. Marks is a Professor of Politics at Willamette University. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University in 1993. His previous book, The Prison as Metaphor: Re-Imagining International Relations, was published in 2004. In addition to his work on the role of metaphors in international relations theory, Marks' curr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.59 × 5.78 × 0.82 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113214

ISBN - 13:9780230113213

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Table of Contents

Introduction *  Thoughts on Metaphor *  The Metaphorical Context of International Relations * Contributions of Metaphors to International Relations Theory *  Metaphors of Power *  Metaphors of International Security *  Game Theory Metaphors *  Metaphors and Changing Conceptions of International Relations *  Conclusion

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“This book is a comprehensive analysis of metaphors used across International Relations' schools of thought or paradigms. It is clearly written and very accessible with impressive coverage and an important argument. It will be accessible even to upper-level undergraduate audiences and may be most useful for undergraduates who are not yet in the clutches of the disciplinary imperative to ignore the centrality of metaphor to our scholarly practice.”-- David L. Blaney, Political Science, Macalester College