Identifying Threats and Threatening Identities: The Social Construction of Realism and Liberalism

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“This book is the single best example of the productive and imaginative combination of methodological approaches in IR I have ever seen. The clarity with which Rousseau elaborates his methods is outstanding, as is his self-conscious reflection on their costs and benefits. He clearly demonstrates the empirical and theoretical inadequacies of all strands of realism, and the necessary inclusion of constructivism in any account of threat and war.”—Ted Hopf, Ohio State University
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Overview


“This book is the single best example of the productive and imaginative combination of methodological approaches in IR I have ever seen. The clarity with which Rousseau elaborates his methods is outstanding, as is his self-conscious reflection on their costs and benefits. He clearly demonstrates the empirical and theoretical inadequacies of all strands of realism, and the necessary inclusion of constructivism in any account of threat and war.”—Ted Hopf, Ohio State University
“Rousseau's discussion of beliefs, attitudes, values, opinions, and norms is destined to become required reading in the best IR seminars in the country. His writing is clear and precise.”—Peter Hays Gries, University of Colorado, Boulder
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"An important contribution to the expanding field of new international theory."CHOICE

"This book is the single best example of the productive and imaginative combination of methodological approaches in IR I have ever seen. The clarity with which Rousseau elaborates his methods is outstanding, as is his self-conscious reflection on their costs and benefits. He clearly demonstrates the empirical and theoretical inadequacies of all strands of realism, and the necessary inclusion of constructivism in any account of threat and war."—Ted Hopf, Ohio State University

"Rousseau's discussion of beliefs, attitudes, values, opinions, and norms is destined to become required reading in the best IR seminars in the country. His writing is clear and precise."—Peter Hays Gries, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804754156
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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David L. Rousseau teaches in the Department of Political Science at SUNY Albany. He is author of Democracy and War: Institutions, Norms, and the Evolution of International Conflict (Stanford University Press, 2005).
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : identities and threats 3
2 Identities and threats in realism and liberalism 17
3 The constructivist challenge 39
4 Bridging levels : the construction of threat model 61
5 Individual level : experimental analyses of identity construction 96
6 State and international levels : a simulation of the diffusion of identity 120
7 Identity and threat perception : a cross-national case study of the rise of China 148
8 Conclusions 209
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