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Realist Constructivism
Rethinking International Relations Theory

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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121811

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  • Realism and constructivism, two key contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, are commonly taught as mutually exclusive ways of understanding the subject. Realist Constructivism explores the common ground between the two, and demonstrates that, rather than being in simple opposition, they have areas of both tension and overlap. There is indeed space to engage in a realist constructivism. But at the same time, there are important distinctions between them, and there remains a need for a constructivism that is not realist, and a realism that is not constructivist. Samuel Barkin argues more broadly for a different way of thinking about theories of international relations, that focuses on the corresponding elements within various approaches rather than on a small set of mutually exclusive paradigms. Realist Constructivism provides an interesting new way for scholars and students to think about international relations theory.

    • Provide definitions of both realism and constructivism, thereby clarifying their approaches to international relations theory
    • Focuses on a new template for thinking how different approaches to international relations interrelate
    • Provides a more precise use of constructivist logic, thereby debunking some common misperceptions about what constructivism means in IR theory
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    “As the first major work to examine the realist-constructivist nexus in detail, Realist Constructivism is a must-read for IR scholars and students. Barkin’s masterful synthesis of realism and constructivism delineates fresh analytical terrain and offers new insights about international politics. Comprehensive in both vision and scope, Realist Constructivism is a ground-breaking book and a major contribution to international relations theory.”
    Jennifer Sterling-Folker, University of Connecticut

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121811
    • length: 202 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Definitions
    3. Materialism
    4. The logic of the social
    5. The public interest
    6. The constraints of the social
    7. Agency
    8. The limits of realism
    9. The limits of constructivism
    10. Constructivism and realism

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • International Relations Theory
    • Intro to International Relations Theory
    • Introduction to International Politics
    • Political Psychology and International Relations
    • Politics of Global Problems
    • Seminar in International Politics; or International Relations Theory
    • Theories and Concepts of International relations
    • Theories of Ethics in World Politics
    • Theories of IR
    • World Order and World Politics
  • Author

    J. Samuel Barkin, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    J. Samuel Barkin is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. His previous books include International Organization: Theories and Institutions (2006) and Social Construction and the Logic of Money (2003). He was also the co-editor of Anarchy and the Environment (1999).

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