Language, Agency, and Politics in a Constructed World

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François Debrix
M.E. Sharpe, May 29, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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Language matters in international relations. Constructivists have contributed the insight that global politics is shaped by the way agents narrate history and produce discourses about themselves and about the world. This insight has induced a profound reexamination of assumptions in the study of international relations.

The contributors to this volume examine (Part I) the critical linguistic/discursive techniques of postmodernists and constructivists, and apply them (Part II) to international relations.

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Language Nonfoundationalism International Relations
Parsing Personal Identity Self Other Agent
Constructivist International Relations Theory and the Semantics of Performative Language
Breaking the Silence Language and Method in International Relations
Three Ways of Spilling Blood
Language Agency and Politics Cases and Applications
Real Interdependence Discursivity and Concursivity in International Politics
Criticism and Form Speech Acts Normativity and the Postcolonial Gaze
The Difference that LanguagePower Makes Solving the Puzzle of the Suez Crisis
Conflicting Narratives Conflicting Moralities The United Nations and the Failure of Humanitarian Intervention
Language Rules and Order The Westpolitik Debate of Adenauer and Schumacher
Ce nest pas une GuerreThis Is Not a War The International Language and Practice of Political Violence
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Page 35 - I" is the response of the organism to the attitudes of the others, the "me" is the organized set of attitudes of others which one himself assumes. The attitudes of the others constitute the organized "me," and then one reacts toward that as an "I.
Page 43 - As memory alone acquaints us with the continuance and extent of this succession of perceptions, tis to be considered, upon that account chiefly, as the source of personal identity. Had we no memory we never should have any notion of causation, nor consequently of that chain of causes and effects which constitute our self or person.
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Page 25 - The name is derived, of course, from 'perform', the usual verb with the noun 'action': it indicates that the issuing of the utterance is the performing of an action — it is not normally thought of as just saying something.
Page 86 - Giving orders and obeying them Describing the appearance of an object, or giving its measurements Constructing an object from a description (a drawing) Reporting an event Speculating about an event Forming and testing a hypothesis Presenting the results of an experiment in tables and diagrams Making up a story; and reading it Play-acting Singing catches Guessing riddles Making a joke; telling it Solving a problem in practical arithmetic Translating from one language into another Asking, thanking,...
Page 110 - Postmodernism is what you have when the modernization process is complete and nature is gone for good.
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