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              The State of Nature in Comparative Political Thought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives
                

              The State of Nature in Comparative Political Thought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives (Hardback)

              Edited by Carlson, Jon D.; Fox, Russell Arben

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              The focus of this volume is to address a fundamental concept in political thought-the state of nature -through a comparative and cross-cultural approach. Western social contract thinking usually falls along lines identified with scholars like Hobbes or Rousseau, with accordant de...bate over whether humans are good, bad, or just selfish, conflict prone or cooperative, egocentric or altruistic, with subordinate discussions about the proper limits of sovereign authority. Depending on how one views the natural condition of human beings and the communities which they build, various questions arise. What constitutes a good or natural political order and why? What is the best basis for understanding the nature of sovereignty or political legitimacy, and what is its future? In an age of increased global interaction and potential cultural, civilization-based, misunderstanding, this volume takes the Hobbesian rhetorical device of a pre-social contract state of nature and seeks to address this concept-and thereby, many of the aforementioned questions-in light of contributions from non-Western thinkers. In our globalizing age when cultures and peoples increasingly talk and interact, it is not viable to use only Western political thinkers to address allegedly universal concepts. So we overtly seek to break open the frame of reference for any future discussion of the state of nature . This volume will add to the emerging body of work grouped under the heading of Comparative Political Thought, and serves as a model for how key political concepts may be addressed in a comparative and cross-civilizational manner. This has the potential of contributing to a richer and multifaceted mode of political theorizing. Chapters in the book engage Chinese, Indic, Polynesian, Jewish, Babylonian, and Islamic interpretations of this fundamental question of politics. From this, one may better see how competing normative frameworks are then reflected in the practice of worldly politics. In addressing
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              ISBN 9780739167632
              Released NZ 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory
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              Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance
               

              Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance (Paperback)

              Edited by Carlson, Jon D.; Nance, Mark T.; Struett, Michael J.

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              Piratical attacks have become more frequent, violent, costly and increasingly threaten to undermine order in the international system. In this book, a group of leading experts use maritime piracy as a means to expose the incongruities in our understanding of global governance.

              ISBN 9781138015753
              Released NZ 14 Feb 2014
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series New International Relations
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              Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance
               

              Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance (Hardback)

              Edited by Carlson, Jon D.; Nance, Mark T.; Struett, Michael J.

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              Piratical attacks have become more frequent, violent, costly and increasingly threaten to undermine order in the international system. Much attention has focused on Somalia, but piracy is a problem worldwide. Recent coordination efforts among states in South East Asia appear to h...ave helped in the area, but elsewhere piracy has expanded. Interestingly, international law has long recognized piracy as a crime and provided tools for universal suppression, yet piracy persists. In this book, a handpicked group of leading experts in the field of International Relations use maritime piracy as a means to expose the incongruities in our understanding of global governance. Using broadly constructivist approaches to understand international actors responses to the challenges created by maritime piracy, the contributors question a number of myths and misconceptions around piracy uncover and analyze the various ways that international law and organizations channel actors understandings of maritime piracy and their efforts to respond to it. In doing so, they expose some shaky foundations for IR theorists: how do we conceive of sovereignty and legitimacy when they are delinked from the territorial aspect of the modern nation-state? What happens to prospects for cooperation when we get to the nitty-gritty questions of practice related to paying for trials, imprisoning and maintaining captured pirates, bearing the burden of policing sea-lanes, or even determining what constitutes a pirate? Does anyone have a monopoly on the legitimate use of force at sea, and how is that legitimacy constructed? Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance offers an improved theoretical understanding of the response of the international community to maritime piracy and broadens our understanding of the complex and sometimes countervailing motivations of all the actors involved, from international organizations and states down to the pirates themselves.
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              ISBN 9780415518291
              Released NZ 16 Oct 2012
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series New International Relations
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