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posted on 04.05.2022, 14:29 by Jamie Johnson, Victoria Basham, Owen Thomas
This article offers insights into the character and composition of world order. It does so by focusing on how world order is made and revealed through seemingly disorderly events. We examine how societies struggle to interpret and respond to disorderly events through three modes of treatment: tragedy, crisis and scandal. These, we argue, are the dominant modes of treatment in world politics, through which an account of disorder is articulated and particular political responses are mobilised. Specifically, we argue that each mode provides a particular way of problematising disorder, locating responsibility, and generating political responses. As we will demonstrate, these modes instigate the ordering of disorder, but they also agitate and reveal the contours of order itself. We argue therefore that an attentiveness to how we make sense of and respond to disorder offers the discipline new opportunities for interrogating the underlying forces, dynamics and structures that define contemporary world politics.

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Citation

Review of International Studies, 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210522000183

Author affiliation

School of History, Politics and International Relations

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Review of International Studies

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

issn

0260-2105

Acceptance date

09/03/2022

Copyright date

2022

Available date

04/04/2022

Language

en