Edited by Steven C. Roach
Chapter 19: Afterword
This chapter discusses several current challenges to critical international relations (IR) theory, including the problematic “Western” boundaries of knowledge, anthropocentrism – which continues to determine the human focus of critical IR – and the rise of global populism or nationalist identity politics. In doing so, it critically examines the notion of open-endedness against these rising challenges, concluding that such open-endedness is ultimately about confronting the built-in, systemic bias against non-Western knowledge, which has long constructed and reinforced these boundaries. As such, critical IR theory, in order to strive for such open-endedness, will need to become more proactive in engaging the political effects of such bias.
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