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Writing security [electronic resource] : United States foreign policy and the politics of identity /
David Campbell.
edition
Rev. ed.
imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1998.
description
xiii, 289 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0816631441 (acid-free paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1998.
isbn
0816631441 (acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8849072
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-03:
It was only a matter of time before challenges to the global environment associated with the end of the Cold War and challenges to the academic environment associated with postmodernism converged to produce a challenging reinterpretation of US international behavior. Campbell's Writing Security is such a study. Paying appropriate homage to the theories promoted by Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and kindred spirits, he seeks to deconstruct the sources of US foreign policy. Campbell proclaims himself a "dissenter" from the conventional wisdom that policy reflects perceived external threats, economic imperatives, or other elements of the national interest. He argues that Washington's statesmen, no less concerned than the Kremlin with their state's legitimacy, have exploited the tension that inheres in America's relationship to foreign countries to "script," reinforce, and even redefine US identity. This dynamic explains policymaking and the "discourses of fear and danger" throughout the Cold War, and because the US remains the "imagined community par excellence" bodes ill for the future. Campbell predicts recurrent friction and conflict, not the "end of history." Many historians will agree few, however, because of the analyses and evidence found in this idiosyncratic, jargon-filled, and obtuse examination. Advanced undergraduate through faculty audiences. R. H. Immerman; Temple University
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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States has faced the challenge of reorienting its foreign policy to address post-Cold War conditions. In this new edition of a groundbreaking work -- one of the first to bring critical theory into dialogue with more traditional approaches to international relations -- David Campbell provides a fundamental reappraisal of American foreign policy, with a new epilogue to address current world affairs and the burgeoning focus on culture and identity in the study of international relations.Extending recent debates in international relations, Campbell shows how perceptions of danger and difference work to establish the identity of the United States. He demonstrates how foreign policy, far from being an expression of a given society, constitutes state identity through the interpretation of danger posed by others.

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