Social Theory of International Politics / Edition 1

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Drawing on philosophy and social theory, Social Theory of International Politics develops a cultural theory of international politics that contrasts with the realist mainstream. Wendt argues that states can view each other as enemies, rivals, or friends. He characterizes these roles as "cultures of anarchy," which are shared ideas that help shape states' interests and capabilities. These cultures can change over time as ideas change. Wendt thus argues that the nature of international politics is not fixed, and that the international system is not condemned to conflict and war.
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"Social Theory deserves the distinguished company in which its title implicitly places it. The writing is careful, engaging, and sophisticated, and anticipates and disarms potential critics. All libraries should own this book and all scholars of international relations should read it." E. R. DeSombre, Choice

"A new 'constructivist' approach to international politics has been gaining ground in recent years....A leading figure in this movement, Wendt takes aim at realists and liberals who stress materialist or individualist causes of state action." Foreign Affairs

"The writing is careful, engaging, and sophisticated, and anticipates and disarms potential one will be able to ignore what Wendt has done. All libraries should own this book and all scholars of internaional relations should read it." Choice

"...Alexander Wendt has provided one of the most sophisticated and hard-hitting constructivist critiques of structural realism. Social Theory of International Politics provides the first book-length statement of his unique brand of constructivism." International Security

"Alexander Wendt's Social Theory of International Politics is one of the most important books of international relations (IR) theory to be published in the past few decades...Wendt's contribution is impressive and deserves consideration by all students of IR, as well as those who seek to understand the role of ideas, norms and culture in political life...Wendt's book systematically tackles a host of devilishly difficult and professionally contested issues with a clear-eyed, eloquent, and original approach...with this extraordinarily thoughtful book, Wendt has made the best analytical case so far for taking seriously the social nature of international politics." Journl of Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521469609
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #67
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 484,226
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Four sociologies of international politics 1
Pt. I Social theory
2 Scientific realism and social kinds 47
3 "Ideas all the way down?": on the constitution of power and interest 92
4 Structure, agency, and culture 139
Pt. II International politics
5 The state and the problem of corporate agency 193
6 Three cultures of anarchy 246
7 Process and structural change 313
8 Conclusion 370
Bibliography 379
Index 420
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