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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Postmodernism Past, Present and Future
Postmodernism past, present and future
Richard Beardsworth

Postmodernism names an increasingly varied set of intellectual strategies that, in contradistinction to the rational empiricist method of mainstream political thought, in general and international relations in particular, has foregrounded the interpretive and political nature of all international relations scholarship (see Cerutti, Chapter 9, this Handbook). Postmodernism is, that said, not simply an academic exercise of knowledge (although, as I argue later, it can run the risk of theoretical abstraction). Postmodernism's general aim is to test the limits and assumptions of our forms of knowledge of the political world in order to open up alternative ways of conceiving and practising the political (particularly to one side of the tenets ...

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