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Author Shi, Zhiyu, 1958- author

Title China and international theory : the balance of relationships / Chih-yu Shih and Chiung-chiu Huang, Pichamon Yeophantong, Raoul Bunskoek, Josuke Ikeda, Yih-Jye Hwang, Hung-jen Wang, Chih-yun Chang, Ching-chang Chen
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 285 pages)
Series Worlding beyond the west ; 18
Worlding beyond the West ; 18
Contents Preface -- Introduction : relating China to international relations -- Balance of relationships -- Relationality vs. power politics -- Relational policy of small states -- Relational policy of major powers -- Philosophical resources -- Relational ontology -- Buddhist state of nature -- Cyclical perspective on history -- Processes of bor -- Cultural memory -- Psychological efficacy -- Institutional style -- Identities of the theory -- Plausible post-western theory -- Plausible Chinese theory -- Plausible western theory -- In lieu of conclusion : four caveats
Summary Major IR theories, which stress that actors will inevitably only seek to enhance their own interests, tend to contrive binaries of self and other and 'inside' and 'outside'. By contrast, this book recognizes the general need of all to relate, which they do through various imagined resemblances between them. The authors of this book therefore propose the 'balance of relationships' (BoR) as a new international relations theory to transcend binary ways of thinking. BoR theory differs from mainstream IR theories owing to two key differences in its epistemological position. Firstly, the theory explains why and how states as socially-interrelated actors inescapably pursue a strategy of self-restraint in order to join a network of stable and long-term relationships. Secondly, owing to its focus on explaining bilateral relations, BoR theory bypasses rule-based governance. By positing 'relationality' as a key concept of Chinese international relations, this book shows that BoR can also serve as an important concept in the theorization of international relations, more broadly. The rising interest in developing a Chinese school of IR means the BoR theory will draw attention from students of IR theory, comparative foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, East Asia, cultural studies, post-Western IR, post-colonial studies and civilizational politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Chih-yu Shih, the primary author of this book, teaches international relations theory, anthropology of Knowledge, and cultural studies as National Chair Professor and University Chair Professor at National Taiwan University. Access to his current research--Intellectual History of China and Chinese Studies--can be foundat Together, his writings on IR theory, intellectual history, and ethnic citizenship challenge familiar social science and humanity categories. His co-authors--Chiung-chiu Huang (National Cheng-chi University), Pichamon Yeophantong (University of New South Wales, Canberra), Raoul Bunskoek (National Taiwan University), Josuke Ikeda (Toyama University), Yih Jye Hwang (Leiden University), Hung-jen Wang (National Cheng-Kung University), Chih-yun Chang (Shanghai Jiaotong University), and Ching-chang Chen (Ryukoku University)--have all published critically on Asia in IR in general and on China, Japan, Taiwan and ASEAN in specific. They have come cross each other through different joint projects involving critical IR, post-Western IR, homegrown IR, global IR, Asian IR and Chinese IR. Their careers include professional posts in India, Germany, Thailand, Japan, the US, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Australia, and China. Chiung-chiu Huang is Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Pichamon Yeophantong is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia. Raoul Bunskoek is a Ph. D candidate in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University, Taiwan. Josuke Ikeda is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Human Development, University of Toyama, Japan. Yih-Jye Hwang is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University College, The Netherlands. Hung-jen Wang is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Chih-yun Chang is a Research Fellow at the Department of History, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. Ching-chang Chen is Associate Professor at the Department of Global Studies, Ryokoku University, Japan
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 24, 2019)
Subject Balance of power
International relations -- Philosophy
China -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019012894
ISBN 0429423136 electronic book
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