Process sociology, the English School, and postcolonialism – understanding ‘civilization’ and world politics: A reply to the critics

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Abstract

This article responds to critics of Violence and Civilization in the Western States-Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2016). It provides a rejoinder to challenges to the attempted synthesis of process sociology and the English School analysis of international society. It rebuts the postcolonial contention that the process-sociological analysis of the impact of the European ‘civilizing process’ on
the modern states-system is Eurocentric. The article explains how process sociology contributes to the postcolonial critique of ‘civilization’. It concludes by arguing that their combined strengths of the two perspectives can inform the comparative study of Western and non-Western ‘civilizing processes’ and support the development of a more ‘global IR’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)700-719
Number of pages20
JournalReview of International Studies
Volume43
Issue number4
Early online date08 Sept 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • civilisation
  • postcolonialism
  • process sociology
  • The English School

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