Precarity and International Relations

Ritu Vij (Editor), Tahseen Kazi (Editor), Elisa Wynne-Hughes (Editor)

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This book addresses the implications of current thinking on precarity, precariousness and the precariat for the study of International Relations and International Political Economy. Drawing on a broad range of critical theoretical resources including literatures on aesthetics and psychoanalysis as well as feminist, Foucauldian, Marxian and postcolonial social theory, it explores the implications of precarity thought for three concepts: Sovereignty, Solidarities and Work in International Relations. Does precarity re-inscribe or undermine the logic and practices of sovereignty? As a common condition and point of mobilization, does precarity represent a new labor activism or does it find ethical grounds for solidarities that destabilize identities? How is precarity located, practiced and occluded in work relations? Running counter to the contemporary impulse to grasp precarity and processes of its proliferation in homogenized terms as either being ensconced in national imaginaries, or as ushering in a condition of global precarity and a global precariat class, the book also underscores the entanglements of the global, national and local in the discursive and material production of precarity and precariousness in the present conjuncture.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-51096-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-51095-4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Political Economy Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
ISSN (Print)2662-2483
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2483


  • International Political economy
  • precarity
  • trans-disciplinarity
  • governmentality
  • biopolitics
  • irregular labour


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