The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of an by Charlotte Epstein

By Charlotte Epstein

In the second one half the 20th century, around the globe attitudes towards whaling shifted from frequent reputation to ethical censure. Why? Whaling, as soon as as very important to the worldwide financial system as oil is now, had lengthy been uneconomical. significant species have been lengthy identified to be endangered. but international locations had persisted to aid whaling. In The energy of phrases in overseas Relations, Charlotte Epstein argues that the switch used to be led to no longer via altering fabric pursuits yet by means of a robust anti-whaling discourse that effectively recast whales as outstanding and clever endangered mammals that had to be kept. Epstein perspectives whaling either as an item of study in its personal correct and as a lens for analyzing discursive energy, and the way language, materiality, and motion engage to form diplomacy. by means of targeting discourse, she develops an method of the examine of employer and the development of pursuits that brings non-state actors and participants into the research of foreign politics. Epstein analyzes the "society of whaling states" as a collection of old practices the place the dominant discourse of the day legitimated the killing of whales instead of their defense. She then appears to be like at this whaling world's reflect picture: the increase from the political margins of an anti-whaling discourse, which orchestrated one of many first winning worldwide environmental campaigns, within which saving the whales finally turned shorthand for saving the planet. eventually, she considers the ongoing dominance of a now taken-for-granted anti-whaling discourse, together with its construction of identification different types that align with and maintain the prevailing foreign political order. Epstein's synthesis of discourse, energy, and identification politics brings the fields of diplomacy concept and international environmental politics right into a fruitful discussion that merits both.

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