China’s Rise and Rethinking International Relations Theory

Edited by Chengxin Pan and Emilian Kavalski

Published

Feb 16, 2022

Page count

266 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529212945

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 16, 2022

Page count

266 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529212952

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 16, 2022

Page count

266 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529212952

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
China’s Rise and Rethinking International Relations Theory

Bringing together leading scholars from Asia and the West, this book investigates how the dynamics of China’s rise in world politics contributes to theory-building in International Relations (IR).

The book demonstrates how the complex and transformative nature of China’s advancement is also a point of departure for theoretical innovation and reflection in IR more broadly. In doing so, the volume builds a strong case for a genuinely global and post-Western IR. It contends that ‘non-Western’ countries should not only be considered potential sources of knowledge production, but also original and legitimate focuses of IR theorizing in their own right.

"China's rise deserves more theoretical and empirical scrutinization from International Relations scholars. This edited volume will help unpack China's rise beyond the traditional theoretical lens." Huiyun Feng, Griffith University

Chengxin Pan is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Macau, China.

Emilian Kavalski is the inaugural NAWA Chair Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Introduction The Rise of China and Its Challenges to International Relations Theory - Chengxin Pan and Emilian Kavalski

PART I: Theorizing China’s Rise: Beyond Eurocentric Knowledge Production

1 Putting China in the World: From Universal Theory to Contextual Theorizing - John Agnew

2 Heart and Soul for World Politics: Advaita Monism and Daoist Trialectics in International Relations - L.H.M. Ling

3 What Can Guanxi International Relations Be About? - Emilian Kavalski

4 Friendly Rise? China, the West and the Ontology of Relations - Astrid H.M. Nordin and Graham M. Smith

5 Re-worlding the ‘West’ in Post-Western International Relations: The ‘Theory Migrant’ of Tianxia in the Anglosphere - Yih-Jye Hwang, Raoul Bunskoek and Chih-yu Shih

PART II Theorizing China’s Rise: Critical Reflection on Mainstream Frameworks

6 China in the International Order: A Contributor or a Challenger? - Wang Jisi

7 China’s Rise in English School Perspective - Barry Buzan

8 Deconstructing the Established Westphalian Architecture in Light of China’s Rise - Hung- jen Wang

9 Sino-capitalism’s Dialectical Processes and International Relations Theory - Christopher A. McNally

10 China’s Rise as Holographic Transition: A Relational Challenge to International Relations’ Newtonian Ontology - Chengxin Pan

Epilogue: Towards International Relations beyond Binaries - Emilian Kavalski and Chengxin Pan