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Culture(s) in International Relations

Edited By Grażyna Michałowska and Hanna Schreiber

This book presents a critical reflection on how the presence of «culture» in theory and practice of international relations is reflected in International Relations as a research field. The authors analyze culture in International Relations scholarship and evaluate culture in the practice of International Relations, as well as in International Law. The contemporary social sciences have put culture on a pedestal. The proliferation of the meanings associated with the notion of what culture is, has gone very far. The results of analyses presented in this book are meant to contribute to solving the existing confusion, to identify the research fields in IR where culture appears.

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Culture in the Military Sphere – From Strategic Culture to the Cultural Turn (Boleslaw Balcerowicz)

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Bolesław Balcerowicz

Culture in the Military Sphere – From Strategic Culture to the Cultural Turn

Key words: strategic culture, cultural turn, security culture, Revolution in Military Affairs, cultural determinism.

Abstract: The ongoing debate on the presence of culture in strategic studies, in the art of war and in the sphere of military science has been dominated by two notions – strategic culture and the cultural turn. The article analyses these two concepts, that remain in a specific relation with the theories and approaches in the science of international relations.

The ongoing debate on the presence of culture in strategic studies, in the art of war and in the sphere of military science has been dominated by two notions – strategic culture and the cultural turn. The two notions and the two concepts behind them remain in a specific relation with the theories and approaches in the science of international relations.

The cultural turn in the sphere of military science and the art of war has been taking place only for a couple of years. It is perhaps not a coincidence that this has been a time when liberal arts and social sciences have been turning to the cultural paradigm in their lively debate on the anthropologisation of the humanities. Previously, it was the concept of strategic culture, which emerged only a quarter of a century ago, that was widely used in strategic studies. It was the answer to...

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