- About the Author
International relations, as a discipline, is overwhelmingly top-down. It looks at world affairs with notable detachment. By taking a cultural anthropological approach, however, it is possible to engage with those involved in a more comprehensive and cogent way. It is possible to provide a deeper understanding of how people live there.
This book directly addresses a significant gap in the international relations literature, namely, the lack of a systematic account of its cultural context. It does so by examining the subject in anthropological terms. It shows, that is, how cultural anthropologists are able to provide both analysts and leaders with an augmented awareness of what their field involves. Presenting a wide range of unique insights about how the world works, it will be of interest to many readers, such as students, policymakers, teachers, researchers, professionals, and the general public alike.
Ralph Pettman currently teaches at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Before that he was professor of international relations at the University of Melbourne. His first degree was from the University of Adelaide. His PhD was from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His past appointments include academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Princeton, Tokyo, and Sydney, and research posts at Cambridge University, the New School for Social Research (New York), the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), the Australian National University, the Frankfurt Peace Research Institute and Sciences Po (Paris). He has also held several administrative positions, most notably with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau.
Cover Type: Hardcover
Page Count: 236
Year Published: 2017