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Civilisation, civil society and the Kosovo war
Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen

‘civilisation’. Huntington’s argument works according to what James March and Johan Olsen term ‘the logic of consequentiality’. 9 For Huntington, the purpose of IR theory is to establish categories (such as ‘civilisations’) that are supposed to explain and even predict the future development of global politics. 10 Constructivism rejects the viability of this kind of universal theory

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
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Redefining security in the Middle East
Tami Amanda Jacoby
Brent E. Sasley

disciplines as sociology, anthropology, psychology, cultural studies and women’s studies. These areas have undergone profound transformations in recent years as a result of the influence of New Left thinking (with residual elements of Hegelian Marxism) since the 1960s, feminist theory, constructivism, and the poststructuralist turn since the 1980s. Influenced to a great extent by the works of German social

in Redefining security in the Middle East
Problematising the normative connection
Eşref Aksu

, Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980 ). Contemporary theoretical approaches in international relations, including neoliberalism and constructivism, have not ‘engaged in normative thinking per se ’. They have not ‘addressed questions of the ought and should variety’: see R. Shapcott, ‘Solidarism and after

in The United Nations, intra-state peacekeeping and normative change
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Kosovo and the outlines of Europe’s new order
Sergei Medvedev
Peter van Ham

, this book calls for a reconceptualisation of security and the inside–outside dyad through the introduction of new sets of puzzles that concentrate on issues of identity, culture, language and the normative notions of global politics. There are now numerous critical approaches to (European) politics and the study of international relations in which this book is conceptually embedded. Constructivism, critical theory

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
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Language games in the Kosovo war
Mika Aaltola

concept ‘magic’ may seem somewhat unorthodox in an academic essay like this. However, I use it to describe the power of language in the construction of what we consider to be ‘reality’. The main difference with modern discourses such as constructivism is that ‘magic’ as used here is not so much oriented towards discovering all-encompassing practices and rule structures, as it is

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
Constructing security in historical perspective
Jonathan B. Isacoff

T HIS CHAPTER EXAMINES the concept of security through discursive contestation at the leadership level in a critical Middle Eastern case – that of Israel. The approach adopted here can be called historical constructivism in that it traces the fractured construction of security as a phenomenon that changes dramatically, and with significant political implications

in Redefining security in the Middle East
Public presence, discourse, and migrants as threat
Giannis Gkolfinopoulos

. ‘Defining Social Constructivism in Security Studies: The Normative Dilemma of Writing Security’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 27(1): 41–62. Konstantinidou, C., 2001. Social Representations of Crime: The Criminality of Albanian Immigrants in the Greek Press , Athens/Komotini: Sakkoulas Publications (in Greek). Lafazani, O., 2012. ‘The Border

in Security/ Mobility