Animalizing International Relations

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Cudworth, E. and Hobden, S. 2023. Animalizing International Relations. International Relations. 37 (3), pp. 398-422. https://doi.org/10.1177/00471178231192345
AuthorsCudworth, E. and Hobden, S.
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This article explores what it means to ‘animalise’ International Relations. The posthuman move in the social sciences has involved the process of de-centring the human, replacing an anthropocentric focus with a view of the human as embedded within a complex network of inter-species relations. In a previous work we drew attention to the lack of analysis within International Relations of the key role played by more-than human animals in situations of conflict. The current COVID-19 pandemic again indicates that an analysis of international relations that does not have at its core an understating of a more than human world is always going to be an incomplete account. The paper argues for the animalizing of International Relations in order to enhance inclusivity, and suggests five ways in which this might be approached. As it becomes increasingly clear that a climate-related collapse is imminent, we argue for a transformative approach to the discipline, stressing interlinked networks and a shared vulnerability as a political project which challenges capitalism (advanced/late/carboniferous/genocidal) and the failure of states to address the concatenation of crises that life on the planet confronts.

JournalInternational Relations
Journal citation37 (3), pp. 398-422
ISSN0047-1178
Year2023
PublisherSAGE Publications
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/00471178231192345
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PrintSep 2023
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Accepted02 Jul 2023
Deposited07 Aug 2023
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