Join us for our happy hour reads today with this selection from our ISA 2020 virtual booth. Earlier today, Caelyn Cobb highlighted some of our titles (and linked to some great Hawaiian cocktails). Now’s your chance to sip that mai tai or mango margarita and settle in to peruse these excerpts!
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First up today is Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West. From the rise of neofascism in Italy to Trumpism here in America, politics have taken a hard turn right. Brown explores the causes and what this phenomenon means for neoliberalism. Read the introduction for a glimpse into Brown’s work.
Caelyn also spotlighted Reed M. Wood’s Female Fighters: Why Rebel Groups Recruit Women for War, which covers why some rebel groups deploy women in combat while others exclude women from their ranks. In this excerpt, Wood provides an overview of the history of women in political violence and the gender biases and norms of combat.
What are the causes of war? How might the world be made more peaceful? We end today’s happy hour by delving into these questions with the anniversary edition of Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis, by Kenneth N. Waltz, from our backlist. In this book, Waltz offers a foundational analysis of the nature of conflict between states in his exploration of works by both classic political philosophers and modern psychologists and anthropologists. Waltz also introduces us to a political discussion of war and peace in this excerpt.