The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations
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The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

Jessica Auchter

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Jessica Auchter

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International Relations has traditionally focused on conflict and war, but the effects of violence including dead bodies and memorialization practices have largely been considered beyond the purview of the field. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's notion of hauntology to consider the politics of life and death, Auchter traces the story of how life and death and a clear division between the two is summoned in the project of statecraft. She argues that by letting ourselves be haunted, or looking for ghosts, it is possible to trace how statecraft relies on the construction of such a dichotomy.

Three empirical cases offer fertile ground for complicating the picture often painted of memorialization: Rwandan genocide memorials, the underexplored case of undocumented immigrants who die crossing the US-Mexico border, and the body/ruins nexus in 9/11 memorialization.

Focusing on the role of dead bodies and the construction of particular spaces as the appropriate sites for memory to be situated, it offers an alternative take on the new materialisms movement in international relations by asking after the questions that arise from an ethnographic approach to the subject: viewing things from the perspective of dead bodies, who occupy the shadowy world of post-conflict international politics. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of critical international relations, security studies, statecraft and memory studies.

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Edited by:
Jenny Edkins, Aberystwyth University and Nick Vaughan-Williams, University of Warwick
‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, “knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting.” In this spirit the Edkins–Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post-disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR’s traditional geopolitical imaginary.’
Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa, United States
The series aims to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural and post-colonial traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics.
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Citation styles for The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations
APA 6 Citation
Auchter, J. (2014). The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations (1st ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from (Original work published 2014)
Chicago Citation
Auchter, Jessica. (2014) 2014. The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis.
Harvard Citation
Auchter, J. (2014) The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations. 1st edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Auchter, Jessica. The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis, 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.