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Constructivism and International Relations : Alexander Wendt and his critics - Stefano Guzzini

Constructivism and International Relations

Alexander Wendt and his critics

By: Stefano Guzzini (Editor), Anna Leander (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415332712
Number Of Pages: 246

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This new book unites in one volume some of the most prominent critiques of Alexander Wendt's constructivist theory of international relations and includes the first comprehensive reply by Wendt.

Partly reprints of benchmark articles, partly new original critiques, the critical chapters are informed by a wide array of contending theories ranging from realism to poststructuralism. The collected leading theorists critique Wendt's seminal book Social Theory of International Politics and his subsequent revisions. They take issue with the full panoply of Wendt's approach, such as his alleged positivism, his critique of the realist school, the conceptualism of identity, and his teleological theory of history. Wendt's reply is not limited to rebuttal only. For the first time, he develops his recent idea of quantum social science, as well as its implications for theorising international relations.

This unique volume will be a necessary companion to Wendt's book for students and researchers seeking a better understanding of his work, and also offers one of the most up-to-date collections on constructivist theorizing.

List of contributorsp. xi
Series editor's prefacep. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
The constructivist challenge to structural realism: a review essayp. 1
Constructing a new orthodoxy? Wendt's Social Theory of International Politics and the constructivist challengep. 21
Grand Theory in the age of its impossibility: contemplations on Alexander Wendtp. 48
Wendt, IR, and philosophy: a critiquep. 57
Wendt's constructivism: a relentless quest for synthesisp. 73
Constructivism and identity: a dangerous liaisonp. 93
Endogenizing corporate identities: the next step in constructivist IR theoryp. 118
Reflexivity and structural changep. 140
No place for politics? Truth, progress and the neglected role of diplomacy in Wendt's theory of historyp. 160
Social Theory as Cartesian science: an auto-critique from a quantum perspectivep. 181
Referencesp. 220
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780415332712
ISBN-10: 0415332710
Series: New International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 15th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 15.6  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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