Postmodernism (international relations)

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Postmodern International relations is an approach that has been part of international relations scholarship since the 1980s. Although there are various strands of thinking, a key element to postmodernist theories is a distrust of any account of human life which claims to have direct access to the "truth". Post-modern international relations theory critiques theories like Marxism that provide an overarching metanarrative to history. Key postmodern thinkers include Lyotard, Foucault and Derrida.[1]


A criticism made of post-modern approaches to international relations is that they place too much emphasis on theoretical notions and are generally not concerned with the empirical evidence.[2]


  1. ^ John Baylis and Steve Smith, The Globalisation of World Politics, 3rd ed, pp. 285–287.
  2. ^ Baylis and Smith, p. 287.

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