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Diversity in foreign policy requires new histories of international thought

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Turkington, Rebecca  ORCID logo


Of the thousands of references to historical figures across sixty disciplinary and intellectual histories of international relations (IR) published since 1929, Patricia Owens (2018) found only 2.94 percent referred to women – 79 individuals across the entire trajectory of international thought. Women’s International Thought: A New History, edited by Owens and Katharina Rietzler, is a first corrective to this disciplinary exclusion, pulling back a strip of lacklustre wallpaper to reveal a far more interesting pattern beneath. The book’s promise is two-fold: to begin to remedy the erasure of women from the disciplinary history of IR, and to expand the scope of what constitutes international thinking. Its contributions reveal a diverse array of thinkers, whose restitution enriches the discipline, and could have ripple effects in the world of contemporary IR practice. The volume’s fifteen chapters profile women from academia, policy, advocacy, and journalism, but point beyond these individual thinkers to new themes and paths other researchers will inevitably take up.



4407 Policy and Administration, 4408 Political Science, 44 Human Society

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Cambridge Review of International Affairs

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Informa UK Limited