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State Sovereignty as Social Construct

State Sovereignty as Social Construct


Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

Thomas J. Biersteker, Cynthia Weber, David Strang, Naeem Inayatullah, Alexander Murphy, Roxanne Lynn Doty, Michael Barnett, Daniel Deudney, Alexander Wendt, Daniel Friedheim
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  • Date Published: May 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565998

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  • State sovereignty is an inherently social construct. The modern state system is not based on some timeless principle of sovereignty, but on the production of a normative conception which links authority, territory, population (society, nation), and recognition in a unique way, and in a particular place (the state). Attempting to realize this ideal entails a great deal of hard work on the part of statespersons, diplomats, and intellectuals. The ideal of state sovereignty is a product of the actions of powerful agents and the resistances to those actions by those located at the margins of power. The unique contribution of this book is to describe, theorize, and illustrate the practices which have socially constructed, reproduced, reconstructed, and deconstructed various sovereign ideals and resistances to them. The contributors analyse how all the components of state sovereignty - not only recognition, but also territory, population, and authority - are socially constructed and combined in specific historical contexts.

    • Very good edited collection on what exactly constitutes state sovereignty
    • Editors and contributors are leading scholars, Biersteker is very well-known
    • We now have a set of books on sovereignty in the Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series series
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565998
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The social construction of state sovereignty Thomas J. Biersteker and Cynthia Weber
    2. Contested sovereignty: the social construction of colonial imperialism David Strang
    3. Beyond the sovereignty dilemma: quasi-states as social construct Naeem Inayatullah
    4. The sovereign state system as political-territorial ideal: historical and contemporary considerations Alexander Murphy
    5. Sovereignty and the nation: constructing the boundaries of national identity Roxanne Lynn Doty
    6. Sovereignty, nationalism and regional order in the Arab states system Michael Barnett
    7. Popular sovereigns, bound states: the practices, structures and geopolitics of Philadelphian systems Daniel Deudney
    8. Hierarchy under anarchy: informal empire and the East German state Alexander Wendt and Daniel Friedheim
    9. Reconstructing the analysis of sovereignty
    concluding reflections and directions for future research Cynthia Weber and Thomas J. Biersteker.

  • Editors

    Thomas J. Biersteker, Brown University, Rhode Island

    Cynthia Weber, University of Leeds


    Thomas J. Biersteker, Cynthia Weber, David Strang, Naeem Inayatullah, Alexander Murphy, Roxanne Lynn Doty, Michael Barnett, Daniel Deudney, Alexander Wendt, Daniel Friedheim

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