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    • Alternatives to the state: Or, why a non-western IR must be a revolutionary science 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Center for Foreign Policy and Peace Research, İhsan Doğramacı Peace Foundation, 2020)
      The idea of the sovereign state is at the core of the Western understanding of international politics. If we are serious about coming up with non-Western theories of international politics, it is the state that must be ...
    • Anarchism and religion 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Routledge, 2021)
      A related problem is the close connection between religion and warfare. As anarchists point out, religions have always helped justify violence against foreigners. Religious denominations that have enjoyed the protection ...
    • The anti-nomadic bias of political theory 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
      Over the last couple of decades, the conditions of life for nomadic peoples have been radically rethought (Devore & Lee, 1999). Contrary to what we once were told, the lives of hunters, gatherers and pastoralists are ...
    • The Great Wall of China does not exist 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Routledge, 2018)
      Walls are distinct, man-made features of an environment, and to the extent that they block our way or our vision they are impossible to ignore. As such they arc inherently in need of an explanation. Yet walls can be built ...
    • Heidegger on creativity: From boredom to re-engagement with the world 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Springer, 2019)
      Experimental psychologists have discussed whether boredom can help us become more creative. At first blush, this would seem to be rather unlikely. When we are bored, we are disengaged; we cannot be bothered and nothing seems ...
    • How do performances fuse societies? 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2019)
      This article discusses Jeffrey Alexander’s work on social performances. All societies, says Alexander, need a measure of integration—they need to be “fused”—for a common, properly social, life to be possible. In simple ...
    • In the story of war: Church and propaganda in France and Sweden, 1610–1710 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Oxford Academic, 2018)
      In The Story of War: Church and Propaganda in France and Sweden, 1610–1710, Anna Maria Forssberg contrasts and compares two similar seventeenth-century institutions—French Te Deum and Swedish tacksägelsedagar, “days of ...
    • Muslim calls to prayer in the Swedish welfare state 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2019)
      To understand why support for anti-immigrant policies is on the increase in Sweden, we need to think about Muslim demands for parity within the country. In this context, the adhan (Muslim call to prayer) is best understood ...
    • The problem with performativity: Comments on the contributions 

      Ringmar, Erik. (Springer Nature, 2019)
      This article provides a critical assessment of the contributions to this special issue. As these articles show, it is only once we take theatrical metaphors seriously that what can start to understand international politics. ...