Cambridge Studies in International Relations: Constructivism in International Relations: The Politics of Reality Series Number 83

Cambridge Studies in International Relations: Constructivism in International Relations: The Politics of Reality Series Number 83

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Maja Zehfuss' book offers a fundamental critique of constructivism, focusing on the work of Wendt, Onuf and Kratochwil. Using Germany's shift towards participation in international military operations as an illustration, she demonstrates why each version of constructivism fails in its own project and comes apart on the basis of its own assumptions. Inspired by Derridean thought, this book highlights the political consequences of constructivist representations of reality. Each critique concludes that constructivist notions of key concepts are impossible, and that this is not merely a question of theoretical inconsistency, but of politics. The book is premised on the notion that the 'empirical' and the 'theoretical' are less separate than is acknowledged in international relations, and must be read as intertwined. Zehfuss examines the scholars' role in international relations, worrying that, by looking to constructivism as the future, they will be severely curtailing their ability to act responsibly in this area.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 460g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521894662
  • 9780521894661
  • 900,963

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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'... this book constitutes a good attempt to improve the dialogue between the two approaches in International Relations.' International Affairs "...compelling...Zehfuss's book is a welcome engagement of postmodernism with constructivism in open scholarly debate." Review of Politics "[A] useful contribution.... Recommended." Choice
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About Maja Zehfuss

MAJA ZEHFUSS is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Warwick.
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