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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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International Relations: Post‐Positivist and Feminist Perspectives

International Relations: Post‐Positivist and Feminist Perspectives

(p.446) Chapter 18 International Relations: Post‐Positivist and Feminist Perspectives
A New Handbook of Political Science

J. Ann Tickner

Oxford University Press

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

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