WorPol 9-28

WorPol 9-28 - WorPol 9-28 What is Constructivism? It's an...

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WorPol 9-28 What is Constructivism? It’s an approach rather than a theory o Focus on knowledge production ->how is knowledge produced and communicated? o Emphasizes importance of identity in world politics Reconceptualizes common concepts such as national interests, states, alliances Focuses on language and meaning Culture and Identity Identities matter in WorPol and when calculating nat’l interests Identities are relational o They can (and do) shift through time Ex. Nelson Mandela, the IRA, Iran They are foundational The ‘enemy’ identity Jackson’s article discusses ‘Islamic terrorism’ as the enemy of the west Identity-formation is based on: o Continuities with past descriptions o Orientalism Characterization of non-western cultures as mysterious, exotic, irrational, and dangerous o Cultural stereotypes and media representation But, this identity ignores Other ways of describing threats to security Facts about Islam and Muslims:
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SIS 105 taught by Professor Chong during the Fall '07 term at American.

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