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The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of an Anti-Whaling Discourse (Politics, Science, and the Environment) Paperback – October 3, 2008

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"According to mainstream international relations theory, states are not supposed to handle whaling the way they do. Epstein demonstrates how the discursive framing of the issue cannot be fully accounted for in terms of material interests and state-system characteristics. Drawing on the literature on identity and social movements, Epstein deftly demonstrates how social power is changing the face of global politics."-- Iver B. Neumann, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

"The Power of Words offers a lively and insightful exploration of discursive politics, interweaving nuanced theoretical analysis with a rich historical narrative. It turns out that behind the popular slogan, 'Save the Whales!' and the decades of political maneuvering both for and against it, lies a fascinating story about the co-construction of discursive and material practices. Charlotte Epstein has given us an outstanding case study about making meaning at the intersection of science, politics, economics, and ethics. This book should find a wide audience in international relations, environmental studies and the social studies of science."--Karen T. Litfin, Department of Political Science, University of Washington

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Charlotte Epstein is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

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