Zombies and IR: a critical reading

Hannah, Erin and Wilkinson, Rorden (2016) Zombies and IR: a critical reading. Politics, 36 (1). pp. 5-18. ISSN 1467-9256

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The zombie genre is quickly becoming a feature of International Relations (IR) classrooms and pedagogical toolkits as scholars enthusiastically embrace the undead as a vehicle for teaching the discipline. This article offers a cautionary note on a generally positive move to embrace the use of zombieism in IR. It shows how an uncritical use of a zombie apocalypse as a vehicle for teaching IR can reinforce existing divisions in the field, essentialise country positions, crowd out heterodox approaches, reinforce gender stereotypes and dehumanise people. To guard against these problems, the article shows how Zombie IR can be better used to think critically and normatively about world politics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Nadya Herrera Catalan
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 08:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53892
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