By T. Tamaki
What function does identification play in international coverage? How may possibly id impression on Japan’s kinfolk with South Korea? This ebook takes id theorizing in diplomacy concept a step extra via trying to account for a resilient collective identification that informs coverage makers all through time and area. utilizing this framework to Japan’s family with South Korea enables one to account for the lingering invectives among Tokyo and Seoul regardless of the drastic transformation in jap overseas coverage in August 1945.
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For Butler, language is synonymous with doing;31 and the subject’s existence becomes a “condition of possibility” via “language-as-doing”32 in line with the notion of contested and unstable identity which is constantly deconstructed and reconstructed. Hence, language enables the subject to undertake represent her identity, but insofar as performance is needed to sustain the symbolism, antirealism accords primacy to the performativity of language. ” Similar in scope to memories, the collective identity of a community is constituted through representation.
Conclusion This chapter explored the various ways through which the issues of identity are dealt with in IR theories. Traditional IR theories such as neorealism and neoliberalism subsume identities within the ceteris paribus of rational choice assumptions since they cannot find adequate ways to integrate unquantifiables. In this case, just as preferences are held constant in economics, identities are assumed and held constant. 120 Identity is taken more seriously in the contemporary IR theories.
107 For Wendt, identity is never concrete; on the contrary, it is determined through performance. Campbell treats identity in a similar way: for him, it is relational as well. For instance, an identity of a state is formulated after the enemy—or in his case “danger”—is recognized. 108 The context within which “danger” is defined changes constantly, as is the self in opposition to it. The constant struggle to preserve the self from this incessantly changing “danger” is the very fluidity inherent within the politics of identity.