By Derek Robbins
"The political and educational worlds are fractured by way of competing discourses: the universalism of human rights and cultural relativism. This fracture is represented through the deep separation of cultural research and theories of foreign politics. Derek Robbins in a super interrogation of ecu thinkers from Montesquieu to Pierre Bourdieu seeks to exchange cultural relativism with cultural relationism as a step in the direction of reconciling Enlightenment universalism and anthropological insistence on cultural distinction. Inter alia he displays at the tensions among political and social technological know-how and takes up the problem from Raymond Aron to build a sociology of diplomacy. a stunning achievement."
- Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate heart, CUNY
Through historic reports of a few of the paintings of Montesquieu, Comte, Durkheim, Boas, Morgenthau, Aron and Bourdieu, Derek Robbins examines the altering and competing conceptualisations of the political and the social within the Western eu highbrow tradition.
He means that we're now experiencing a brand new ‘dissociation of sensibility’ during which political inspiration and its results in motion became divorced from social and cultural adventure. constructing extra the information of Bourdieu which he has provided in books and articles during the last 20 years, Robbins argues that we have to combine the popularity of cultural distinction with the perform of foreign politics through accepting that the ‘field’ of foreign political discourse is a social build that is contingent on encounters among varied cultures.
‘Everything is relative’ (Comte) and ‘everything is social’ (Bourdieu), now not least overseas politics.
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Cultural Relativism and International Politics (SAGE Swifts) by Derek Robbins