Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in by Lauren B. Wilcox

By Lauren B. Wilcox

based on traditional diplomacy concept, states or teams make battle and, in doing so, kill and injure people who different states are charged with holding. whereas it sees the perpetrators of violence as rational actors, it perspectives people who find themselves both secure or killed by way of this violence as mere our bodies: ahistorical people who breathe, undergo and die yet don't have any specific political business enterprise. In its rationalist versions, IR conception simply sees our bodies as inert items. Constructivist conception argues that matters are shaped via social relatives, yet leaves the our bodies of topics outdoors of politics, as "brute facts."

According to Wilcox, such restricted pondering our bodies and violence is not only fallacious, but additionally limits the means of IR to theorize the that means of political violence. against this to rationalist and constructivist conception, feminist concept sees subjectivity and the physique as inextricably associated. This ebook argues that IR must reconsider its method of our bodies as having specific political that means of their personal correct. for instance, our bodies either direct violent acts (violence in drone conflict, for instance) and are constituted by means of practices that deal with violence (for instance, scrutiny of individuals as our bodies via biometric applied sciences and physique scanners). The publication additionally argues that violence is greater than a strategic motion of rational actors (as in rationalist theories) or a damaging violation of group legislation and norms (as in liberal and constructivist theories). simply because IR theorizes our bodies as outdoor of politics, it can't see how violence will be understood as an inventive strength for shaping the bounds of the way we comprehend ourselves as political matters, in addition to forming the limits of our political communities.

By attractive with feminist theories of embodiment and violence, Bodies of Violence provides a extra nuanced therapy of the nexus of our bodies, matters and violence than at the moment exists within the box of foreign relations.

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