Constructivism Reconsidered: Past, Present, and Future

Constructivism Reconsidered: Past, Present, and Future

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In international relations (IR), the theory of constructivism argues that the complicated web of international relations is not the result of basic human nature or some other unchangeable aspect but has been built up over time and through shared assumptions.
Constructivism Reconsidered synthesizes the nature of and debates on constructivism in international relations, providing a systematic assessment of the constructivist research program in IR to answer specific questions: What extent of (dis)agreement exists with regard to the meaning of constructivism? To what extent is constructivism successful as an alternative approach to rationalism in explaining and understanding international affairs? Constructivism Reconsidered explores constructivism’s theoretical, empirical, and methodological strengths and weaknesses, and debates what these say about its past, present, and future to reach a better understanding of IR in general and how constructivism informs IR in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472123766
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mariano E. Bertucci is Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at Loyola Marymount University.
Jarrod Hayes is Associate Professor of International Security at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Visiting Associate Professor of International Relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Patrick James is Dornsife Dean’s Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Contents List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments Preface (Nicholas Onuf) One: A New Look at Constructivism (Mariano E. Bertucci, Jarrod Hayes, and Patrick James) Two: Constructivism in International Relations: The Story So Far (Mariano E. Bertucci, Jarrod Hayes, and Patrick James) Three: The Future of Constructivism: A Constructivist Assessment (David M. McCourt) Four: On Constructivism, Realism, and Contingency (Oliver Kessler and Brent Steele) Five: Constructivism and the Logic of Legitimation (Stacie E. Goddard and Ronald R. Krebs) Six: The Power of Prejudice: The Race Gap in Constructivist International Relations Scholarship (Audie Klotz) Seven: Technology and Constructivism: Interrogating the Material-Ideational Divide(Jordan Branch) Eight: Integrating Social Psychological Insights into Constructivist Research (Jennifer M. Ramos) Nine: New Wine into a (Not So) Old Bottle? Constructivism and the Practice Turn (Jérémie Cornut) Ten: Securitization Theory: Toward a Replicable Framework for Analysis (Thomas Jamieson) Eleven: A Realist Perspective on the Constructivist Project (Charles Glaser) Twelve: Realism, Uncertainty, and the Security Dilemma: Identity and the Tantalizing Promise of Transformed International Relations (David Blagden) Thirteen: If It Is Everything, It Is Nothing: An Argument for Specificity in Constructivisms (Laura Sjoberg and J. Samuel Barkin) Fourteen: Moving Forward (Mariano E. Bertucci, Jarrod Hayes, and Patrick James) Epilogue: Constructivism and Global International Relations: False Promise to Vanguard (Amitav Acharya) About the Authors Index

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