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By T. Tamaki

What position does identification play in international coverage? How may perhaps id influence on Japan’s family with South Korea? This ebook takes identification theorizing in diplomacy conception a step additional by way of trying to account for a resilient collective id that informs coverage makers all through time and house. utilizing this framework to Japan’s relatives 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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Indeed, language is all we have for us to understand the world we inhabit; and since the understanding of the self, too, can only be constituted through it, the primacy accorded to language and performativity is not only justified, but crucial. It is the relative ease with which the role played by identities via physical manifestations, both verbal and nonverbal, that makes antirealism appealing—the case of Japanese craftsmen observed by Kondo is a case in point. ”35 Implicit in this is the difficulty of introspection into the self.

106 Identity emerges from social interaction, and the process is largely dependent on the course the interaction itself takes. ”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.

Both constructivism and poststructuralism entered the mainstream IR theorizing since the so-called identity/cultural turn toward the end of the cold war. Yosef Lapid notes that the 1990s had cast a critical look not only into the workings of international politics in reality, but on the discipline of IR as well. He states that the “enriched understanding of the concepts of culture and identity may contribute to a better comprehension of contemporary global dynamics,”36 since the identity turn allows us to look into the aspects of international life that traditional IR dismissed as irrelevant.

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