INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. PS 145 MR DOUG PERKINS. TODAY’S AGENDA. Administrative Stuff Get your exam if you have not Challenges due Thursday (extension) Website of the Day. RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD.
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Postmodernism: This theory holds that reality does not exist as such. Rather, reality is created by how we think and our discourse (writing, talking). As applied to world politics, postmodernism is the belief that we have become trapped by stale ways of conceiving how we organize and conduct ourselves. Postmodernists wish, therefore, to “deconstruct” discourse.IMPORTANT TERMS
Human Thought: we can think beyond our personal experiences/ construct larger identities
Stoics: thoughts of themselves as civilized humans
Early Christians: universal view of mankind, transnational identity
Liberals and Communists were transnationalists
Postmodernists also market transnationalism
Recognize plethora of potential identities
Are transnational identities real, or potential
If potential, why should they be realized?SOURCES OF TRANSNATIONALISM
But does this create transnational identities
Hard to control, democratizes
Allows protesters from many places to work together (evidence of tr. Identities?)
But does it create a new identity?
Huge growth in number of NGOs
Example of International Women’s Movement
(next page)TRANSNATIONAL OCCURANCES
How? Why do they put up with it?
70% of the poor, 35% of earned income, 80% of refugees
Is this new? No, but now there is a greater awareness of it due to increased communication and travel.
People work through NGOs to lobby for gender equality
Stigma of feminism? What is the shared goal?
Is the diversity among the movement problematic?TRANSNATIONAL WOMEN’S MOVEMENT
Women “experience societies and their interactions differently” than do men (ibid)
Peace: more than the absence of war (positive)
Security: more than military (security from…)
Normative in Goal (relationship to science?)
Equality of representation, change policies
Improve entire societyFEMINISM AND IR
Churches as transnational (international) actors
Religion as a transnational identity
How should we deal with religious fundamentalism? How does it affect international relations?
Islam and the World
Triumphant past (then decline)
Conflict with Christianity
Must take religion into account, but don’t overstate itTRANSNATIONAL RELIGION
Some streams of transnational thought are referred to as globalism, cosmopolitanism, or some other such encompassing word. Other transnational movements, such as religion and gender, have a more limited focus.
The development of transnationalism springs from two sources: human thought and global interaction.
The lineage of the globalist strain of transnational thought extends in Western culture back to the Stoics of ancient Greece and Rome and to Buddhism in Eastern culture. Transnationalist thought is evident today in idealism, postmodernism, and postinternationalism.
Transnational interaction is increasing, as evident in changes in economics, communications, transportation, and organizations. International economic interdependence, mass communications, the ease of travel across borders, and the growth of transnational organizations are all helping to break down national barriers.
An important modern trend in international relations is the growth of transnational movements and organizations that are concerned with global issues. This includes the transnational women's movement and its associated organizations.
Though women's attitudes and emphases may vary, the transnational women's movement shares a similar philosophy and goals. These center on the idea that women around the world should cooperate to promote gender equality and to transform the way we think about and conduct politics at every level, including the international level.
Feminists, both women and the men who support gender equity, are pursuing numerous projects and making progress. The fourth World Conference on Women and its follow-up Beijing +5 Conference are just examples of activity in this area.
Most religions have a strong transnational element. Some religions assert universalistic claims; other religions create an urge to unite all the members of that religion across countries.
Religion has played many roles in world politics. The roles have been both positive and negative. The current rise in religious fundamentalism in many areas of the world is worrisome.
To understand the role of religion in world politics, a case study of Islam discusses the global impact of a transnational religion.
Transnational culture is both bringing the world together and dividing it. The movement of goods, ideas, and people across national boundaries is helping to create what is perhaps the beginning of a common global culture. Some people see this as a positive development; others oppose it.
Some observers believe that we are not moving toward a common culture but, instead, toward a future in which people will identify with and politically organize themselves around one or another of several antagonistic cultures or so-called civilizations.SUMMARY