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Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity Paperback – September 1, 1998
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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.
A really good idea of the identity of the US and how this relates to International politics.
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...