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Technology and Agency in International Relations

Edited by: Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese

ISBN13: 9781138615397
Published: April 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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This book responds to a gap in the literature in International Relations (IR) by integrating technology more systematically into analyses of global politics.

Technology facilitates, accelerates, automates, and exercises capabilities that are greater than human abilities. And yet, within IR, the role of technology often remains under-studied. Building on insights from science and technology studies (STS), assemblage theory and new materialism, this volume asks how international politics are made possible, knowable, and durable by and through technology. The contributors provide empirically rich and pertinent accounts of a variety of technologies relevant to the discipline, including drones, algorithms, satellite imagery, border management databases, and blockchains.

Problematizing various technologically mediated issues, such as secrecy, violence, and questions of how authority and evidence become constituted in international contexts, this book will be of interest to scholars in IR, in particular those who work in the subfields of (critical) security studies, International Political Economy, and Global Governance.

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Chapter 1 – How (not) to talk about technology: International Relations and the question of agency
Matthias Leese & Marijn Hoijtink
Chapter 2 – Co-production: The study of productive processes at the level of materiality and discourse
Katja Lindskov Jacobsen & Linda Monsees
Chapter 3 – Configuring warfare: Automation, control, agency
Matthias Leese
Chapter 4 – Security and technology: Unraveling the politics in satellite imagery of North Korea
Philipp Olbrich
Chapter 5 – Vision, visuality and agency in the US drone program
Alex Edney-Browne
Chapter 6 – What does technology do? Blockchains, co-Production, and extensions of liberal market governance in Anglo-American finance
Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn
Chapter 7 – Who connects the dots? Agents and agency in predictive policing
Mareile Kaufmann
Chapter 8 – Designing digital borders: The Visa Information System (VIS)
Georgios Glouftsios
Chapter 9 – Technology, agency, critique: An interview with Claudia Aradau
Claudia Aradau, Marijn Hoijtink & Matthias Leese