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Queer International Relations

byCynthia Weber

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Asked about queer work in international relations, most IR scholars would almost certainly answer that queer studies is a non-issue for the subdiscipline - a topic beyond the scope and understanding of international politics. Yet queer work tackles problems that IR scholars themselves believeare central to their discipline: questions about political economies, the geopolitics of war and terror, and the national manifestations of sexual, racial, and gendered hierarchies, not to mention their implications for empire, globalization, neoliberalism, sovereignty, and terrorism. And since theintroduction of queer work in the 1980s, IR scholars have used queer concepts like "performativity" or "crossing" in relation to important issues like sovereignty and security without acknowledging either their queer sources or their queer function. This agenda-setting book asks how "sexuality" and "queer" are constituted as domains of international political practice and mobilized so that they bear on questions of state and nation formation, war and peace, and international political economy. How are sovereignty and sexuality entangled incontemporary international politics? What understandings of sovereignty and sexuality inform contemporary theories and foreign policies on development, immigration, terrorism, human rights, and regional integration? How specifically is "the homosexual" figured in these theories and policies tosupport or contest traditional understandings of sovereignty? Queer International Relations puts international relations scholarship and transnational/global queer studies scholarship in conversation to address these questions and their implications for contemporary international politics.

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Cynthia Weber is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

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Title:Queer International RelationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:March 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019979586X

ISBN - 13:9780199795864

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Acknowledgments1. Sovereignty, Sexuality and the Will to Knowledge2. Queer Intellectual Curiosity as IR Method3. "The Perverse Homosexual" in International Relations: "The Underdeveloped" and "The Un-Developable"4. The Out-of-Place and On-the-Move "Perverse Homosexual" in International Relations: "The Unwanted Im/migrant" and "The Terrorist"5. "The Normal Homosexual" in International Relations: "The Gay Rights Holder" and "The Gay Patriot"6. "The Normal and/or Perverse Homosexual" in International Relations: "The Euro-visioned Bearded Drag Queen"7. Sovereignty, Sexuality and "the End of Man"NotesBibliographyIndex

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"In this rich account of why queer theory and IR need each other, Cynthia Weber has given us a powerful statement of what Queer IR might become. This is a great banyan tree of a book that has forced a clearing in the jungle that is IR. Thanks to it, queer IR scholars will no longer have toperform the 'anxious labour' of justifying their place in the academy and can get on with the important work of speaking to and of the world." --Rahul Rao, SOAS, University of London