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Humiliation in International Relations

A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems

By: Bertrand Badie
Media of Humiliation in International Relations
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Published: 28-11-2019
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 184
ISBN: 9781509934669
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: French Studies in International Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £35.00
 

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About Humiliation in International Relations

In international relations (IR), some states often deny the legal status of others, stigmatising their practices or even their culture. Such acts of deliberate humiliation at the diplomatic level are common occurrences in modern diplomacy. In the period following the breakup of the famous 'Concert of Europe', many kinds of club-based diplomacy have been tried, all falling short of anything like inclusive multilateralism. Examples of this effort include the G7, G8, G20 and even the P5. Such 'contact groups' are put forward as if they were actual ruling institutions, endowed with the power to exclude and marginalise.

Today, the effect of such acts of humiliation is to reveal the international system's limits and its lack of diplomatic effectiveness. The use of humiliation as a regular diplomatic action steadily erodes the power of the international system. These actions appear to be the result of a botched mixture of a colonial past, a failed decolonisation, a mistaken vision of globalisation and a very dangerous post-bipolar reconstruction.

Although this book primarily takes a social psychology approach to IR, it also mobilizes the resources of the French sociological tradition, mainly inspired by Emile Durkheim. It is translated from Le temps des humiliés. Pathologie des relations internationales (Paris, Odile Jacob, 2014).

Table Of Contents

Part One: Humiliation in the History of International Relations: The Discovery of a New Form of Social Pathology
1. Pitfalls of the Ordinary Lives of People
Tectonics of Societies
Lack of Integration
The Uncertainties of Status
The End of the Cold War and Beyond
2. Humiliation, or Power without Rules
Power Against Humiliation
How Power Goes Wrong
3. Types of Humiliation and their Diplomacies
Constructing a Typology
Type 1: Humiliation by Lowering of Status
Type 2: Humiliation through Denial of Equality
Type 3: Humiliation by Relegation
Type 4: Humiliation through Stigmatisation

Part Two: An International System Fed by Humiliation
4. Constitutive Inequality: The Colonial Past
Exceptions and Outrages
Pathways of Humiliation
New forms of Patronage
5. Structural Inequality: To be Outside the Elite
The Broken Dream of the 'Middle Powers'
Emergent Powers and the Bonds of Past Humiliations
Small Countries' Narrow Range of Action
6. Functional Inequality: Being Excluded from Governance
Minilateralism
Oligarchic Pressure
A Certain Diplomatic Paternalism

Part Three: The Dangerous Repercussions that Follow Humiliation: Towards an Anti-System?
7. The Mediating Role of Societies
The International Mobilisation of Societies
Neo-Nationalism and Fundamentalism
The Insoluble Contradictions of the Arab Spring
8. Are there Anti-System Diplomacies?
Oppositional Diplomacies
Diplomacies of Deviance
9. Uncontrolled Violence
New Conflicts, New Violence
Violence and Social Integration
Conclusion

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