What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid—or how rotten—such scenarios might be.
This newly revived edition includes substantial updates throughout as well as a new epilogue assessing the role of the zombie analogy in the public sphere.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His books include All Politics Is Global (Princeton). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Zombie Research Society.
"Drezner . . . comes up with an intriguing intellectual conceit to explain various schools of international political theory. He imagines a world overrun with zombies and considers the likely responses of national governments, the U.N and other international organizations, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). . . . This slim book is an imaginative and very helpful way to introduce its subject--who knew international relations could be this much fun?"--Publishers Weekly
"If the dynamics of international politics have conventionally been understood in terms of the quick and the dead, Daniel Drezner invites us to consider another way of being--undead, or 'differently animated.' This ontological category emerges from the world of popular culture in which the 'zombie canon has a distinctive place. In drawing together the interpretation of popular culture and international politics, Drezner provides much food for thought--the food in this case being human flesh, of which zombies are notoriously fond. . . . [D]rezner elucidates the often-arcane world of international theory in an interesting and highly amusing way. He also shows how close the relationship between politics and popular culture is, how the latter can convey social and political critique in the most unlikely ways, and why satire remains such an important form of that critique."--Stephanie Lawson, Times Higher Education
Table of Contents:
Introduction . . . to the Undead 1
The Zombie Literature 11
Defining a Zombie 23
Distracting Debates about Flesh-Eating Ghouls 25
The Realpolitik of the Living Dead 37
Regulating the Undead in a Liberal World Order 51
The Social Construction of Zombies 65
The Supergendered Politics of the Posthuman World 75
A Very Important Note about Zombie Networks 87
Neoconservatism and the Axis of Evil Dead 89
Domestic Politics: Are All Zombie Politics Local? 95
Bureaucratic Politics: The "Pulling and Hauling" of Zombies 109
We're Only Human: Psychological Responses to the Undead 121
Conclusion . . . or So You Think 131
Epilogue: Bringing the Brain Back In 137
Acknowledgments to the First Edition 147
Acknowledgments to the Revived Edition 151
Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Daniel W. Drezner: