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Culture and collective action : Japan, Germany and the United States after 11 September 2001

Kultur und kollektives Handeln : Japan, Deutschland und die USA nach dem 11. September 2001
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Nabers, Dirk

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Abstract In order to put a lens on the issue of international security cooperation after 11 September 2001, this article examines the question of how collective action in International Relations becomes possible. The author maintains that a fair amount of inter-state collective action can be understood, even explained, by analysing the culture of the international system. Using discourse analysis as a tool, the analysis addresses the underlying ideas, norms and identities that constitute the relationship between the United States and Japan, on the one hand, and Germany and the United States, on the other, as it has evolved since September 2001. The method exposes how some ideas are privileged over others, how norms are maintained, reformulated and abandoned, how identity is constructed and how power is legitimized in the 'war on terror'.
Keywords United States of America; Japan; Federal Republic of Germany; security policy; international security; international cooperation; international relations; fight against terrorism; foreign policy; conflict of interest; cultural factors; identity; collective identity; standard
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages 305–326 p.
Journal Cooperation and Conflict: Journal of the Nordic International Studies Association, 41 (2006) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010836706066561
ISSN 0010-8367
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.