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Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems

ISBN13: 9781782256199
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Humiliation is nowadays usual in international relations (IR). Denying states’ status, and stigmatising their practices or even culture are more common occurrences in modern diplomacy. After the well known and very selective European ‘concert of powers’, many kinds of club diplomacy were – and are still now – substituted to an attempted inclusive multilateralism. G7, G8, G20, but also P5 and many ‘contact groups’ are regarded as ruling institutions, which have the power to exclude and marginalise.

These humiliations are nowadays at the core of the system, revealing its limits, its lack of capacity and also pose a real threat to the power of the international order, which is being eroded by the use of humiliation. They have been generated and fuelled by an historical background, merging a colonial past, a failed decolonisation, a mistaken vision of globalisation and a very perilous post-bipolar reconstruction.

This book does take a social psychology approach, but tries to promote another approach to IR, by investigating the international system from a French sociological tradition, mainly inspired by Emile Durkheim. It is translated from Le Temps des Humiliés. Pathologie des relations internationales (Paris, Odile Jacob, 2014).

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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
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


Series: French Studies in International Law

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The Advancement of International Law ISBN 9781841132785
Published October 2010
Hart Publishing