Language matters in international relations. Constructivists have contributed the insight that global politics is shaped by the way agents narrate history and produce discourses about themselves and about the world. This insight has induced a profound reexamination of assumptions in the study of international relations. The contributors to this volume examine (Part I) the critical linguistic/discursive techniques of postmodernists and constructivists, and apply them (Part II) to international relations.
Introduction, Francois Debrix; Part I. The Linguistic Turn: Theories and Concepts; 1. Language, Non-Foundationalism, International Relations, Francois Debrix; 2. Parsing Personal Identity: Self, Other, Agent, Nicholas Onuf; 3. Constructivist International Relations Theory and the Semantics of Performative Language, Harry Gould; 4. Breaking the Silence: Language and Method in International Relations, K. M. Fierke; 5. Three Ways of Spilling Blood, Kennan Ferguson; Part II. Language, Agency and Politics: Cases and Applications; 6. Real Interdependence: Discursivity and Concursivity in International Politics, Timothy W. Luke; 7. Criticism and Form: Speech Acts, Normativity, and the Postcolonial Gaze, Siba Grovogui; 8. The Difference that Language-Power Makes: Solving the Puzzle of the Suez Crisis, Janice Bially Mattern; 9. Conflicting Narratives, Conflicting Moralities: The United Nations and the Failure of Humanitarian Intervention, Anthony F. Lang, Jr.; 10. Language, Rules and Order: Westpolitik Debate of Adenauer and Schumacher, Katja Weber and Paul Kowert; 11. "Ce n'est pas une Guerre"/This is not War: The International Language and Practice of Political Violence, Franke Wilmer