Book review. Theories of International Relations and Zombies. By Daniel W. Drezner. Princeton University Press, (U$ Theories of International Politics and Zombies has ratings and reviews. Jerry said: I have learned a great deal about Zombies; wish I could say. Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition. By Daniel W. Drezner. Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived.
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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 What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living?
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.
Drezner boldly lurches into the breach and “stress tests” the ways that different approaches to world politics would explain policy responses to the living dead. He examines the most prominent international relations theories–including realism, liberalism, constructivism, neoconservatism, and bureaucratic politics–and decomposes their predictions. He digs into prominent zombie films and novels, such as Night of the Living Dead and World War Zto see where essential theories hold up and where they would stumble and fall.
Drezner argues that by thinking about outside-of-the-box threats we get a cognitive grip on what former U. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously referred to as the “unknown unknowns” in international security.
Correcting the zombie gap in international relations thinking and addressing the genuine but publicly unacknowledged fear of the dead rising from the grave, Theories of International Politics and Zombies presents political tactics and strategies accessible enough for any zombie to digest. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Theories of International Politics and Zombiesplease sign up.
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Be the first to ask a question about Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Lists with This Book. Apr 15, Jerry Jose rated it liked it.
I have learned a great deal about Interbational ; wish I could say the same about International Politics.
Intention behind reading this book, and the book as well, was to make International Political theories interesting for a casual reader, under the pretext of hypothetical apocalypse involving flesh-eating ghouls. Author demonstrates rigorous scholarship in defining zombies, using movies and social science literature as data source on events akin to an attack of the undead: Book then proceeds with variegated predictions of different international relation theories at the wake of outbreak, with references and footnotes from Romero’s Night of the Living Dead to Zombieland and World War Zwhich had me fuming with pride over my reading choice.
Author tries his level best in using contemporary danieel like Shawn of the Dead and Resident Evil as reference material.
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But he easily falls short on the same and ends up finding solace in George Romero flicks, which readers of my age might not easily relate with. As for political theories, zombie contagion is considered with cross-border relations, military tactics, evacuation logistics, refugee policies, homeland security measures and all other jargons that you can include internagional etceteras.
Though the book discusses psychological response quite well, things turned a bit apprehensive with responses from anarchist, realist, liberalist, neo-conservatalist, constructivist povs in domestic and international scene. Zombie culture has got this infesting nature much like zombies themselves, from Fallout to Call of Duty to Pride and Prejudicewhich make it an ideal parable premise to go cold turkey on complex theories.
But even with such an ambitious theme, this is just another non-fiction book, trying its level best to look cool. I started this book with high expectations, partly because of qnd great cover design, but mainly because I was excited by the sense of humor of an author putting together the topics of international politics and zombies. Never have Tehories been so wrong. Eaniel since I first heard about the book, I’d been envisioning a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic or theofies attitude; instead, the author is almost apologetic about writing such a book, repeatedly explaining why he dared to bring these topics together and I started this book with high expectations, partly because of its great cover design, but mainly because I was excited by the sense of humor of an author putting together the topics of international politics and zombies.
Ever since I first heard about the book, Ddrezner been envisioning a tongue-in-cheek, polihics or absurdist attitude; instead, the author is almost apologetic about writing such a book, repeatedly explaining why he dared to bring these topics together and what good it can create. On top of that, the whole book except its cover design lacks the dead-seriousness that could have made this project a success in my mind.
The forced analogies, the cheesy jokes, the cuteification of charts and graphs with brushes and comic fonts, the cartoons, all steal away from the force and the message of the cover. But maybe most importantly, the book is so short and the bringing-together of international politics and zombies is so superficial that it just doesn’t work.
I love the zombie canon, and I was eager to learn some things in international politics, but the whole experience for me consisted of waiting for ad things would get interesting. In the end, I don’t feel like I learned anything, and I sure wasn’t entertained by all those grandpa jokes about zombies. I wish the editor had the vision to tell the author internationao idea of bringing these two topics is funny enough, and if you do it thoroughly zmbies seriously, it will be highly informative and funny at the same time.
Mar 30, Brian rated it really liked it.
Take an insightful professor of international politics with a great sense of humor, mix in the entire canon of zombie lit and cinema, and you have the recipe for a delightfully fun and irreverent look at the “what ifs” of a world gone mad with brain eating hordes.
Drezner’s preface to the book uses a Graceland tour guide as the analogy to what his treatise hopes to be; and it works.
His posits are well researched and plausible – even though he is dealing with a subject matter pure fiction. Yes, h Take an insightful professor of international politics with a great sense of humor, mix in the entire canon of zombie lit and cinema, and you have the recipe for a delightfully fun and irreverent look at the “what ifs” of a world gone mad with brain eating hordes.
Yes, he’s jumping on the financial bandwagon for everything that is zombie the hottest horror ticket in town over the past few yearsbut that doesn’t detract from a real think-piece that places the reader in his world of possible outcomes of a world-wide pandemic.
This book is worth the invested time most should be able to finish it in one sit. View all 6 comments. Nov 20, Zach Carlson rated it it was ok. Nov 22, Harrison rated it really liked it. I’m not entirely proud to say I read this.
Still, it was far better than I expected. I honestly checked it out for the International Politics angle rather than the “braaaaains” angle. I took several courses in International Relations while in college and I always had problems keeping the distinctions between the various schools of thought straight.
This book explained them in a way that made sense, and was entertaining. Still, Drezner could’ve gone deeper into explicating the theories without lo I’m not entirely proud to say I read this. Still, Drezner could’ve gone deeper into explicating the theories without losing his audience. His reliance on external sources as opposed to explicating a clear definition of one zombie threat and analyzing alternate theoretical reactions was a rather weak approach.
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He would’ve been better off had he relied less on the fictional ‘primary” sources, and instead stuck to even more real world examples. While the puns were occasionally groan-inducing, they were definitely amusing.
I’d recommend it to either a student of International Politics, or a fan of zombie literature, but I can’t really say a casual reader would become a fan of either just by reading Theories of Intl.
Aug 27, Zohal rated it liked it Recommended to Zohal by: A cool introduction to international relations theory through the popular example of zombies and an apocalypse: Apr 25, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: I heard an interview with the author of this book on public radio and it sounded great. Use the idea of a zombie outbreak to explain the different schools of thought in international relations.
How would a neo-conservative think the world would respond to this crisis?
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And how does this same neo-con believe we should respond? What about those from realist or liberal schools of thought? Problem is, I think it made a much more interesting and funnier interview than it did a book. It’s I heard an interview with the author of this book on public radio and it sounded great. It’s not that I hated it but the joke seemed to get old pretty quickly. I think that ultimately, this would have been better if just left as a long article in a magazine rather than trying to stretch it into an entire book.
This book started to concern me when it said that Marxism would be pro-zombie as it would view them as the proletariat — which is ridiculous, zombies don’t own the means of production, they’re a plague on the workers.
See the quotes to the side for details. Dec 29, Atila Iamarino rated it liked it Shelves: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Drezner presents good questions. Why, indeed, does every Hollywood zombie outbreak cause an instant apocalypse? Wouldn’t it be more likely that zombie infections would move more slowly like a regular plague, that people would be skeptical at first, that they would cooperate with each other to survive, and that governments would react like the human organizations that they are?
Much to chew on. Jul 31, Sanita Kacuba rated it it was amazing. Not expecting much from this book I got quite a lot – not just the jokes but a framework of analyzing global issues not limited to zombies. An easy but smart enough read. This was a great overview of the various theories of international politics I had read most of the theory parts before my IR class started, so I was going into this with a bit of a blind eye.
However Drezner summarizes the main aspects and points of the theories quite well at the beginnings of each chapter. Looking through my IR book at their definitions, I can certainly see why this book was written! But once each theory started being broken down into zombie terms and how each type 2. But once each theory started being broken down into zombie terms and how zombiez type of theorist would deal with a zombie outbreak, I started getting more confused.
The zombie-less summary made sense, but with the zombies, it started just becoming a bit jumbled. However, it was a fast read, and I did gain a lot from the book–I never would have known about the various theories until my class started, and I know that my class would have just delved right into the complexities. This gives the reader a “lighter” introduction to the theories. If you’ve taken IR before and know these terms but are still confused, I would definitely recommend this. This book is more intended internatipnal clarify the theories, rather than actually teach them, so if you don’t know anything about it, it might be helpful to look into the theories as your reading about them.