Commonsense Constructivism, or, the Making of World Affairs

Commonsense Constructivism, or, the Making of World Affairs

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Fully accessible to students and scholars alike, this engaging book introduces the constructivist approach to understanding world affairs. In a highly readable and witty way, it shows how people and their social relations are the basis for everything around us -- International Relations included.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153.7 x 228.9 x 19.8mm | 335.74g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • figures, bibliography, index
  • 0765605783
  • 9780765605788
  • 2,227,173

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This engaging book presents an intriguing new approach to understanding world affairs."Constructivism" first found its way to IR -- the field of international relations -- in an exceptionally demanding form. This book is quite the opposite. In a highly readable and witty way, Commonsense Constructivism, or the Making of World Affairs, makes clear how everything around us (IR included) is constructed.In the process, it also shows how narrow the standard IR approaches are, and how much we miss as a consequence. Ralph Pettman's conceptual framework of state-making, wealth-making, self-making, and mind-making allows us to see such notions as "globalization" in a revealing new light.This work is intended to be fully accessible to students, but it will be welcomed by anyone who has been mystified by constructivism -- or who simply wants to better understand the ways we understand our world.CONTENTSINTRODUCTION: Commonsense Constructivism1. Making World AffairsI. THE NEGLECTED ASPECTS OF THE DISCIPLINE2. Making Modernity3. Making Sovereign Selves, Social Collectives, and NationsII. THE DOMINANT ASPECTS OF THE DISCIPLINE4. Making States and Making MarketsCONCLUSION: A Constructed World
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Table of contents

Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are widely considered the two greatest presidents of the past two centuries. How did these two very different men rise to power, run their administrations, and achieve greatness? How did they set their policies, rally public opinion, and transform the nation? Were they ultimately more different or alike? This anthology compares these two presidents and presidencies, examining their legacies, leadership styles, and places in history.
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