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Drawing heavily on Foucault and the philosophy of identity, this book provides a new and logically sound alternative to viewing international relations through the currently dominant neo-realist paradigm. It is well documented and provides a solid explanation of our foreign policy.

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; Revised edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816631441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816631445
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
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Drawing heavily on Foucault and the philosophy of identity, this book provides a new and logically sound alternative to viewing international relations through the currently dominant neo-realist paradigm. It is well documented and provides a solid explanation of our foreign policy that takes into account such complex social factors as the quest for identity, as opposed to observing foreign policy as simply a political or economic power-play. It is an excellent book with a unique perspective, and should be read by anyone who desires a complete view of how nations relate with each other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
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I'm inclined to disagree with the reader form New York - while I can't imagine Campbell ever liking much about the Reagan administration's foreign policy, I nonetheless believe that his work asks questions which are not easily (read: comfortably) answered in american foreign policy.
That being said, this is NOT a book for the reader uninitiated to either abstractly theoretical examinations of internation political science, or to the postmodern/poststructuralist philosophy project.
All the same, though, a fascinating read for those in the field, or with an interest...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2004
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Campbell does a great job in meta-theory, and his critiques of the realist epistemic are very convincing. However, his reading of US foreign policy is very allegorical and his interpretation, much like other deconstructivist works, has an authority that is difficult to contest. Nevertheless, as a critical viewpoint in how danger is constructed in our society, it definitely gets you thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on November 11, 2013
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Quite a detailed history of the United States which gives a strong perspective of why and how the US comes to it's Foreign Policy.
A really good idea of the identity of the US and how this relates to International politics.
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interesting use of discourse analysis in constructing a theory of the legitimization of sovereignty. theory of identity being a performance where identity is mutually constituted through self/other distinctions is not new, but the application to US State identity is.
Overall, the arguments are debatable, but the methods are interesting and thought provoking. The most interesting aspect of the book is idea that the US State uses an "evangelism of fear" to identify a danger/enemy and presents the State as the only legitimate protection against that danger/enemy. In this way the "war on terror" justifies obedience to the State, and constitutes identity by differing the self from the other, or the "us" from "them." The terrorists are the bad guys, and US foreign protects the good guys ("us")from "them." Therefore, US foreign policy serves to contruct identity.
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Chapter 5 is a little dry, but still important. This book is eye opening, and important. As he points out, it is near impossible to argue against him. He forces us to open our minds.
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