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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 and the Study of International Relations (Edward Halizak)


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Edward Haliżak

Culture and the Study of International Relations

Key words: Josif Lapid, international society, cultural turn, strategic culture, cultural identity.

Abstract: The aim of this chapter is to investigate the explanatory role of culture in IR studies. It represents an approach called ‘cultural turn’. We argue that culture should be treated as an independent variable in explaining the behavior of states and the structure of the international system. Culture is indispensable for better understanding the complex relationships of diverse communities at all levels of analysis of IR.

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