The constructivist approach is the most important new school in the field of postcold war international relations. Constructivists assume that interstate and interorganizational relations are always at some level linguistic contexts. Thus they bridge IR theory and social theory. This book explores the constructivist approach in IR as it has been developing in the larger context of social science worldwide, with younger IR scholars building anew on the tradition of Wittgenstein, Habermas, Luhman. Foucault, and others. The contributors include Friedrich Kratochwil, Harald Muller, Matthias Albert, Jennifer Milliken, Birgit Locher-Dodge and Elisabeth Prugl, Ben Rosamond, Nicholas Onuf, Audie Klotz, Lars Lose, and the editors.

chapter |8 pages


ByK.M. Fierke, Knud Erik Jørgensen

part |102 pages

Reconsidering Constructivism

chapter |23 pages

Constructivism as an Approach to Interdisciplinary Study

ByFriedrich V. Kratochwil

chapter |18 pages

Four Levels and a Discipline

ByKnud Erik Jørgensen

chapter |17 pages

Feminism: Constructivism's Other Pedigree

ByBirgit Locher, Elisabeth Prügl

part |108 pages

Practicing Constructivism

chapter |21 pages

Critical Methodology and Constructivism

ByK.M. Fierke

chapter |24 pages

Discourse Study: Bringing Rigor to Critical Theory

ByJennifer Milliken

chapter |19 pages

International Relations as Communicative Action

ByHarald Müller

chapter |22 pages

Communicative Action and the World of Diplomacy

ByLars G. Lose

chapter |20 pages

Constructing Globalization

ByBen Rosamond

part |34 pages


chapter |13 pages

Can We Speak a Common Constructivist Language?

ByAudie Klotz

chapter |19 pages

The Politics of Constructivism

ByNicholas G. Onuf