Deconstructing Japan’s Image of South Korea: Identity in by T. Tamaki

By T. Tamaki

What function does identification play in overseas coverage? How may perhaps identification impression on Japan's family members with South Korea? This booklet takes identification theorizing in diplomacy idea a step additional via trying to account for a resilient collective id that informs coverage makers all through time and house.

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Uses this framework—that identities help shape national interests—to analyze the debate on the euro. They argue that “collective identities define and shape in the first place how actors view their perceived instrumental and material interests and which preferences are regarded as legitimate and appropriate for enacting given identities. 68 Poststructuralist Discourse on Identity Just as pinpointing to what is meant by constructivism is difficult, the same can be said about poststructuralism in IR.

The relational accounts of identity in both constructivism and poststructuralism seem to indicate that they are much more similar to each other than what a debate might otherwise suggest. Wendt argues that “actors acquire identities . . by participating in such collective meanings. Identities are inherently relational,”101 since there is no IDENTITY THEORIZING IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORIES 29 self until the otherness is defined. ”106 Identity emerges from social interaction, and the process is largely dependent on the course the interaction itself takes.

It is here that antirealism has a powerful case. The haziness of selfreflection, as opposed to the clarity of representations adds conviction, and the entirety of language amplifies the certitude as the only viable device for us to convey meanings to others. Without language, it seems, there is 40 DECONSTRUCTING JAPAN’S IMAGE OF SOUTH KOREA no sense of self. Yet, the primacy of language also requires an exploration into how actors convey meanings through it. ”37 It follows that a sentence structure and the role of individual words within it become crucial; otherwise, words become mere dummy variables.

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