International Politics and Indian Foreign and Security Policies
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Post-Modernism vs. Realism . . . in the Game of Thrones
Well, maybe it is a bit unfair to use this. After all, the Game of Thrones represents a world that is so Realist that it's almost a parody . . . a harsh and unforgiving environment where every moment could be your last and where, as one character declares, "you either win or you die." There are lots of dialogues and declarations that would warm a Realist's heart, many (as the one above) by the Queen of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms Cersei Lannister, a woman whose only redeeming qualities -- according to one of her brothers -- is her love of her children and her cheekbones. But I was particularly struck by another dialogue she features in because it so neatly captures at least one Realist response to post-modernist/post-structuralist argument about the relationship between power and knowledge. A more sophisticated response would go back to E.H. Carr and other Realists who understood the material bases of knowledge-creation. But I'll leave that for another post.