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International Relations: Post‐Positivist and Feminist Perspectives

J. Ann Tickner

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294719.003.0018
 International Relations: Post‐Positivist and Feminist Perspectives

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Questions the optimism for international relations cited in the 1975 Handbook of Political Science. Unprecedented global change has divided international relations, and optimism for consensus has eroded. Through a diversity of viewpoints, feminism provides optimism for the broadening of theory and of empirical base. Using a post‐positivist methodology, feminism challenges ethnocentrism and state‐centrism, and rejects universalism and claims of objectivity. Feminism's appreciation of difference provides realistic optimism for the future of international relations.

Keywords: difference; ethnocentrism; feminism; global change; international relations; objectivity; post‐positivism; state‐centrism; universalism

Chapter.  6206 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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