Constructivism in International Relations: The Politics of Reality / Edition 1

Constructivism in International Relations: The Politics of Reality / Edition 1

by Maja Zehfuss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521894662

ISBN-13: 9780521894661

Pub. Date: 08/26/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Maja Zehfuss critiques constructivist theories of international relations (currently considered to be at the cutting edge of the discipline) and finds them wanting and even politically dangerous. Zehfuss uses Germany's first shift toward using its military abroad after the end of the Cold War to illustrate why constructivism does not work and how it leads to

Overview

Maja Zehfuss critiques constructivist theories of international relations (currently considered to be at the cutting edge of the discipline) and finds them wanting and even politically dangerous. Zehfuss uses Germany's first shift toward using its military abroad after the end of the Cold War to illustrate why constructivism does not work and how it leads to particular analytical outcomes and forecloses others. She argues that scholars are limiting their abilities to act responsibly in international relations by looking towards constructivism as the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521894661
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/26/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #83
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Identity change? Wendt's constructivism and German military involvement abroad; 3. Intersubjectivity and the normative: Kratochwil's constructivism and German military involvement abroad; 4. Words and world: Onuf's constructivism and German military involvement abroad; 5. The politics of 'reality': Derrida's subversions, constructivism and German military involvement abroad; 6. The politics of constructivism; Bibliography; Index.

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