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International Relations and Identity

A Dialogical Approach, 1st Edition

By Xavier Guillaume


192 pages

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International Relations and Identity examines the issue of collective political identity formation and expands the concept of the international beyond the notion of states.

Providing a dialogical approach to questions of identity and alterity in International Relations, the author considers how identity is formed, maintained and transformed in continuous processes with alterity. This innovative book seeks to broaden understanding of identity and difference by developing a process-based perspective. It shifts the attention from a dichotomising view of the international to the multiple ways by which identity and difference are related. It challenges traditional conceptions of the international and argues that it is constituted by the processes in which states and other actors participate and is more than a spatial dimension constituted by states.

Guillaume illustrates this complex theory with a detailed case study of how Japanese political community has formed, performed and transformed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in light of the questions of empire and multiculturalism.

International Relations and Identity will be of interest to students and scholars of international politics, international relations theory and Japanese studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Toward Process IR: Identity/Alterity and IR Theory 3. A Dialogical Approach to the International 4. From Orthodoxy to Normalcy: Narrative Matrices in Modern Japan 5. Between Homogeneity and Heterogeneity: Politics of Alterity in Modern Japan 6. Conclusion: Unveiling the International

About the Author

Xavier Guillaume is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research interests include the political and social theory of international relations, the question of alterity and identity, critical security studies and citizenship.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism