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The Art of World-Making

Nicholas Greenwood Onuf and his Critics

Edited by Harry D. Gould

© 2017 – Routledge

272 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Description

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.

Reviews

'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

Table of Contents

Foreword

J. Anne Tickner

Introduction

Harry D. Gould

1. World of Our Making andSecond 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

Gavan Duffy

Response to Duffy

4. "In the Beginning was the Deed." Nicholas Onuf and the New Realisms

Chris Brown

Response to Brown

5. Onuf’s Radical Subtlety

L.H.M Ling

Response to Ling

6. Queering IR Constructivism

Laura Sjøberg

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)

Cecelia Lynch

Response to Lynch

9. Acts and Effects: Conditions of Agency in Onufian Constructivism

Jamie Frueh

Response to Frueh

10. Still Missing the Other Half: World Making and Sense Making

Antje Wiener

Response to Wiener

11. Making Sense of Our World: Competence, Reason, and the Emergence of Ethical Systems

Paul Kowert

Response to Kowert

12. What Is the American National Interest? Uncovering Fear, Anger, and Mourning

Renée Marlin-Bennett

Response to Marlin-Bennett

13. Social Mechanisms: A Methodological Tool for Feminist IR

Elisabeth Prügl

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

Friedrich Kratochwil

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

Jens Bartelson

Response to Bartelson

About the Editor

Harry D Gould is Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General