On its face, The Art of World-Making focuses on honouring the career of Nicholas Greenwood Onuf and his contributions to the study of international relations; of equal importance, however, while using Onuf’s work as their touchstone, the contributions to this volume range widely across IR theory, making important interventions in some of the most important topics in the field today.
The volume considers the place of Constructivism and Republicanism in the field of international relations, and the contestation that accompanies the question of their place in the field, asking:
• What explains the dominance of some forms of Constructivism and the relative lack of influence of other forms?
• What can rule-oriented Constructivism, the focus here, provide our field that other forms of Constructivism have been unable to?
• Into what new and productive directions can Constructivism be taken?
• What are its gaps and what are the resources to remedy those gaps?
• What can Republicanism tell us about ongoing issues in international law, global governance, liberalism, and crisis?
Drawing together essays from some of the leading scholars in the field, space is given after each chapter for a detailed and highly personal response piece to each contribution, written by Onuf. This unique volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of international relations.
Table of Contents
J. Anne Tickner
Harry D. Gould
1. World of Our Making and Second Generation Constructivism
David M. McCourt and Brent J. Steele
Response to McCourt and Steele
2. Onufian World-Making: Three, Yes Three, Vignettes
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson
Response to Jackson
3. How to Gain Adherents
Response to Duffy
4. "In the Beginning was the Deed." Nicholas Onuf and the New Realisms
Response to Brown
5. Onuf’s Radical Subtlety
Response to Ling
6. Queering IR Constructivism
Response to Sjøberg
7. What Do Rules Do? Making Room for Rationality in Constructivist Thought
James C. Roberts
Response to Roberts
8. Contesting Rule(s)
Response to Lynch
9. Acts and Effects: Conditions of Agency in Onufian Constructivism
Response to Frueh
10. Still Missing the Other Half: World Making and Sense Making
Response to Wiener
11. Making Sense of Our World: Competence, Reason, and the Emergence of Ethical Systems
Response to Kowert
12. What Is the American National Interest? Uncovering Fear, Anger, and Mourning
Response to Marlin-Bennett
13. Social Mechanisms: A Methodological Tool for Feminist IR
Response to Prügl
14. Following Onuf’s Rules on Rule: The Legal Road to Social Constructivism
Stefano Guzzini and Anna Leander
Response to Guzzini and Leander
15. Rules, Power, and Constitutions: Following Onuf
Anthony F. Lang, Jr.
Response to Lang
16. Of Maps, Law, and Politics: An Inquiry into the Changing Meaning of Territoriality
Response to Kratochwil
17. Modern Crisis, Modern History: Nicholas Onuf’s Conceptual History
Alexander D. Barder
Response to Barder
18. Aristotle and the Breakdown of Order
Richard Ned Lebow
Response to Lebow
19. Lusotropicalism as an Imperial Ideology
Response to Bartelson
Harry D Gould is Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University, USA.
'A wonderfully engaging and illuminating appreciation of the groundbreaking scholarship of Nicholas Onuf taking the unusual form of a stimulating series of interactive essays of appreciative analysis and response. Valuable as an authoritative account of Constructivism as political thought and practice, heightened by Onuf’s high quality participation, part intellectual autobiography, part conceptual.' - Richard A. Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University, USA
'A rare gem indeed! Departing from the usual format works marvelously when a scholar of Onuf’s integrity and intellectual depth responds to each entry. We have not only a collection of stimulating essays appraising and engaging Onuf’s constructivism, but also the ‘jewel’ of vintage Onuf: incisive and illuminating commentaries of an erudite scholar and skilled word craftsman, laced with personal reflections and life-time insights of a thoroughly engaged teacher, mentor and colleague. This rare opportunity to view IR’s intellectual landscape through Onuf’s keen observations and astute interpretations is not to be missed.' - V. Spike Peterson, Professor of International Relations, University of Arizona, USA
'In a period of rethinking what constructivism is and does, this wonderful and thought-provoking volume provides careful reflection on the pivotal work of Nick Onuf, renowned as one of the founders of constructivism in International Relations. While rich in social theory, the texts are simultaneously often intimate and personal, providing almost a dialogue-in-print between the contributors and Onuf. The contributors also skillfully weave in commentary on the sociology of constructivism as practiced in IR during the past twenty-five years. The result is an accessible yet theoretically sophisticated volume which encourages a return to and re-engagement with Onuf’s work as constructivism develops as a perspective. In short, a truly joyous and stimulating read.' - Ann Towns, Associate Professor of Political Science and Wallenberg Academy Fellow, University of Gothenburg, Sweden