The constructivist approach is the most important new school in the field of postcold war international relations. Constructivists assume that interstate and interorganizational relations are always at some level linguistic contexts. Thus they bridge IR theory and social theory. This book explores the constructivist approach in IR as it has been developing in the larger context of social science worldwide, with younger IR scholars building anew on the tradition of Wittgenstein, Habermas, Luhman. Foucault, and others. The contributors include Friedrich Kratochwil, Harald Muller, Matthias Albert, Jennifer Milliken, Birgit Locher-Dodge and Elisabeth Prugl, Ben Rosamond, Nicholas Onuf, Audie Klotz, Lars Lose, and the editors.
PART I: RECONSIDERING CONSTRUCTIVISM 1. Constructivism as an Approach to Interdisciplinary Study, Friedrich V. Kratochwil 2. Four Levels and a Discipline, Knud Erik Jorgensen 3. Constructivisms in International Relations: Wendt, Onuf and Kratochwil, Maja Zehfuss 4. Feminism: Constructivism's Other Pedigree, Birgit Locher and Elisabeth Prugl 5. What Systems Theory Can Tell Us about Constructivism, Mathias Albert PART II: PRACTICING CONSTRUCTIVISM 6. Critical Methodology and Constructivism, K.M. Fierke 7. Discourse Study: Bringing Rigor to Critical Theory, Jennifer Milliken 8. International Relations as Communicative Action, Harald Muller 9. Communicative Action and the World of Diplomacy, Lars G. Lose 10. Constructing Globalization, Ben Rosamond EPILOGUE 11. Can We Speak a Common Constructivist Language?, Audie Klotz 12. The Politics of Constructivism, Nicholas G. Onuf