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Despite the presence of significant work by non-Western specialists in international law, this area continues to be dominated almost entirely by traditional Western approaches. Exciting and unique, this masterful volume represents a clear break from Western intellectual hegemony. Not only is it an explicit critique of Western thinking in the field, it also provides the basis for a genuinely Marxist approach rooted in the realities of the Third World. Developing a Marxist theory of international law and world order, the author ably demonstrates that, despite the collapse of socialism, Marxism (properly understood) still constitutes perhaps the most beneficial vehicle for the humanistic grounding of a new jurisprudence. Impressively balanced and displaying a mastery over complex and diverse materials, this pioneering book will interest all those studying law, international relations, and international politics. "B. S. Chimni . . . has written an unusual and provocative book. . . . Unusual because it explores several contemporary approaches from the developing world perspective....one is constantly impressed by the thoroughness of the scholarship and the clarity of his thinking. This ′crucial′ first step leaves the reader awaiting for the continuation of his analysis." --International Journal of Refugee Law "The book is a remarkable endeavor, a critique of the existing influential approaches to international law, and is a welcome addition to the existing literature on the subject." --The Book Review
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This book articulates a new approach to international law combining the insights of Marxism, socialist feminism and postcolonial theory. It offers a critique of the principal contemporary perspectives to international law, and analyzes a range of world order issues that include imperialism, the states system, and democracy.About the Author:
B. S. Chimni is Professor of International Law at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
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