ICYMI: Laura D. Young and Nusta Carranza Ko, Game of Thrones and the Theories of International Relations (Lexington Books, 2021) @KoNusta
Laura D. Young, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Nusta Carranza Ko, University of Baltimore, have published Game of Thrones and the Theories of International Relations (Lexington Books, 2021). Here from the publisher’s website is a description of the book’s contents.
For eight seasons the hit HBO series Game of Thrones painted a picture of a fantasy world filled with images such as white walkers (the undead), a three-eyed raven, and dragons. All these elements set the series visually apart, far distant from our realities. And yet, after each episode and season, viewers were left pondering about the wars, political games, diplomacy, and human rights violations that somehow resonated with the world today. Laura D. Young and Ñusta Carranza Ko’s groundbreaking book provides the answers to these questions that international relations scholars, historians, and fans have been wanting to know. How does Game of Thrones mirror international politics and how may the series provide a useful tool for better understanding the theories, concepts, and thematic issues in international relations? Game of Thrones and the Theories of International Relations connects the prominent international relations theories—realism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical identity theories—to the series, providing examples from various characters whose actions reflect applied scenarios of decision-making and strategizing.