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INTRODUCTION

The point of this book is to reconstruct a self-consciously organized field of study, or discipline, called International Relations. To do so necessarily involves reconsideration of international relations as something to study.! I use the term "reconstruct" deliberately, both because my goal is ambitious and because I am committed to a philosophical position, detailed in chapter 1, which I call "constructivism." In my view, people always construct, or constitute, social reality, even as their being, which can only be social, is constructed for them.2