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By John S. Dryzek

Contending discourses underlie a number of the worlds so much intractable conflicts, generating distress and violence. this can be very true within the post-9/11 international. even though, contending discourses may also open easy methods to larger discussion in worldwide civil society and throughout states and overseas businesses. This threat holds even for the main murderous types of conflicts in deeply divided societies.In this well timed and unique publication, John Dryzek examines significant modern conflicts by way of clashing discourses. issues lined comprise the alleged conflict of civilizations; societies divided through ethnicity, nationality, or faith; monetary globalization as opposed to resistance; plus an in-depth dialogue of the 'war on terror'. Dryzek concludes by way of highlighting the restrictions of present neoconservative and cosmopolitan techniques, arguing that merely deliberative worldwide politics bargains exceptional new probabilities for democratic engagement within the foreign system.This ebook should be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

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Thus any­ one advocating, as Huntington does, the mobilization of civilizational identity in terms that are national identity writ large ought to think long and hard about what they are doing, because the consequences could be irreversible. In some, perhaps most, of Huntington's cases, mobilization into an imagined community encompassing the civilization has not actually occurred. Huntington himself attempts dis­ cursive mobilization of "the West"; within Islam there are those engaged in mobilization too.

Huntington surely does not intend to provide license to civilization-building elites to engage in the genocide that has historically accompanied the efforts of state-building 33 Clash of Civilizations to Engagement of Discourses elites to homogenize their populations. But clearly it is a danger that accompanies his suggestions. To explore how matters might play out differently we can reconstruct the alleged clash of civilizations in discourse-analytic terms. Identity is a Creation of Discourse, Not Culture Huntington defines civilizations in terms of the cultures and identities at their core.

But discourses that cannot be described in civilizational terms can also be found in the international system, to equally profound effect. Discourses that are not civilization-specific include globalization, anticorporate globalization, sustainable development, anarchy (as understood by realist practitioners of international rela­ tions), market liberalism, counter-terror, and democracy. Such discourses may of course be more pervasive in some parts of the world than others, and some of them are tied by their opponents to particular civilizations.

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