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Contemporary Violence. Postmodern war in Kosovo and Chechnya

edited by: Cerwyn Moore
published by
: Manchester University Press
pp: 192
ISBN: 978-0-7190-7599-5
price: GBP£ 60.00

Book's frontpage

Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya draws on several years of field research, as well as interpretive IR theory and analysis of empirical source material so as to shed light on contemporary violence.

Drawing on interpretive approaches to International Relations, the book argues that founding events and multiple contexts informed the narratives deployed by different members of each movement, illustrating why elements within the Kosovo Liberation Army and the armed forces of the Chechen republic of Ichkeria favoured regional and local strategies of war in the Balkans and the North Caucasus. The book draws on post-positivist analysis and empirical research so as unravel the relationship between narratives, stories and hermeneutic accounts of International Relations; regional politics and trans-local identity; globalisation and visual aspects of contemporary security; criminality and emotionality; which together illustrate the dynamics within the armed resistance movements in Kosovo and the North Caucasus and the road to war in 1999.

The book is a major addition to a small field of genuinely readable studies of IR theory. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, students, area studies experts and policy-makers seeking to understand the formation of the armed resistance movements in Kosovo and Chechnya. Amongst other things, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Political Studies, Area Studies, as well as those within Cultural and Historical and Sociological Studies.

 

Table of contents

Introduction: Alternative Approaches to Violence in International Relations

1. Narrative Identity and the Challenge of Literary Global Politics: Towards Interpretive Pluralism
2. Kosovo and Chechnya/Kosova and Ichkeria
3. Regional Politics, Trans-Local Identity and History
4. Globalisation and Conflict: Screening War in Kosovo and Chechnya
5. Stories of War in the Balkans and Caucasus
6. Criminality and War
7. The Politics of Emotionality
8. Networks and Narratives: The Road to War in the Balkans and Caucasus

Conclusion

Selected Bibliograph

Author Bio

Cerwyn Moore is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Birmingha.
Dr Moore joined POLSIS in 2007, having previously worked as a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham, and a BA in International Relations from Staffs University.

Dr Moore’s research focuses on the ‘Theory, Practice and Interpretation of Violence’ within global politics. He teaches on undergraduate and post-graduate courses on security, terrorism and International Relations theory and works within the International Relations and Security Studies research clusters. He has published widely on political violence related to the two Russo-Chechen Wars of the 1990s, having won a series of British Academy research awards to analyze the changing nature of political violence in the North Caucasus. He works closely with colleagues in CREES, and was a founding member of the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) working group. Dr Moore also works on hermeneutic, interpretative and aesthetic approaches to global politics.

Finally Dr Moore continues to work on a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary project entitled Re-Design, which seeks to develop a Decision Support Framework (DSF) to enable resilient planning and design. This project is co-funded by the ESRC, AHRC and EPSRC.


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