British Relations And Postcolonial International Relations

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Introduction When I first read the syllabus, I viewed the course as being divided into two distinct units: feminist international relations and postcolonial international relations. Over the course of the semester, I realized that my main takeaway was that these two theoretical frameworks were more related than I initially realized. Reading this line of Orientalism and War put the pieces together for me: “While the ‘war on terror’ may be unimaginable without orientalism, it would seem that orientalism is also not thinkable without war. In fact, war and the processes of othering it entails, may be more important to orientalism than the Orient…War has been central to the rise and course of the modern state… it is fundamental for gender relations [which reacts] back on war, shaping it” (Barkawi and Stanski, 2012: 3&7). It is now clear to me that war, Orientalism, and gender are closely interconnected, and that they continuously shape each other. Policing gender norms helps protect the masculine culture that feeds into war. Each new war drags out the classic oriental stereotypes, brushes off the dust, and uses them to promote the “them versus us” mentality that fuels support for the war. Postcolonial and feminist IR aren’t just side issues to mostly ignore in the broader discourse of war- they are powerful agents in the war machine. It is emotionally draining to open our eyes to the complex horrors of the world. To cope, we group the world into two simple categories: us and

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