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Portraying the Other in International Relations

Cases of Othering, Their Dynamics and the Potential for Transformation

Editor(s): Sybille Reinke de Buitrago
Contributors: Melody Fonseca, Erica Simone Almeida Resende, Emanuel Crudu, Maria Eremenko, Jennifer Hoewe, Elena Lazarou,

Book Description

Portraying the other in international relations significantly shapes interaction among actors in the international field, consequently colouring views of the other and legitimating behaviour toward the other. This edited volume presents current analyses by international scholars on othering processes and self-other constructions within international relations, attempting to fill a gap in the debate on this fascinating topic and its socio-political implications. Othering is illustrated in three thematic sections: I) Othering in interstate and interregional relations, II) Othering in the policy field of terrorism and counterterrorism, and III) Possible transformations of othering. Contributions discuss othering from diverse angles and with different conceptual approaches, illustrating the multiple forms othering can take. They show how othering can be studied and its dynamics and consequences critically analysed and more comprehensively understood, but also the limits to these attempts. Various motivations for engaging in othering are elaborated. The images, ways of representations and stylistic means that are applied are exposed, and their internal logic as well as effects on thinking and behaviour in the international arena examined. Furthermore, possibilities for modifying othering processes, that is, how negative self-other constructions may be transformed, with the goal of enabling the peaceful existence of different groups, are presented.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3903-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3903-5
Date of Publication: 01/07/2012
Pages / Size: 190 / A5
Price: £34.99


Sybille Reinke de Buitrago is Associate Researcher at the University of Hildesheim and Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She holds a PhD in Political Science, a MA in International Affairs with specializations in peace and conflict resolution and international communication, and a BA in International Studies. Her research focuses on aspects of perception, culture, identity, norms and ideas in international relations, particularly in security policy and conflict situations, as well as on social constructivism. In her recent book, Threat Images in International Relations: American and German Security Policy on International Terrorism, she analyses threat perceptions of security policy decision makers in Germany and the US. Her other publications are on the role of trust in conflicts in Asian politics and policy, and on psychological-cultural aspects in security policy, in the Journal of Strategic Security. She is an alumna of American University in Washington, DC and a US State Department Alumna.