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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; ...

Beyond West and East: IR Intellectual Traditions?
Beyond west and east: IR intellectual traditions?
Kosuke Shimizu
Introduction

It has been said that International Relations (IR) as an academic discipline has been established based on a particular epistemology: positivism (Smith et al., 1996). Positivism claims that, like natural science, the social scientific theories grounded in it are universally applicable regardless of time and place. It argues that this epistemology can accurately explain events that occurred in the world by objectively analysing them. In the recent literature, neo-realism and neo-liberalism make typical examples. On the other hand, there is a camp called post-positivism that mainly focuses on the constitutive dimension of IR by questioning ...

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