His approach is based on a continuum of performative language, rules and rule. Three types of speech act instructive, hierarchichal, commissive yield corresponding types of rule that, in turn, yield three types of rule hegemony, hierarchy, heteronomy. Compliance with rules helps sustain rule, but failure to abide by them erodes rule. Rule, generally through institutionalized means, has distributive effects in political society domestic or international , granting privileged access to material and symbolic resources to some agents over others.
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Keoley, Jr. Ferguson and Richard W. Series: Studles ln lnternational relations Columbia, S. There is today a renaissance in scholarship directed toward enhancing our understanding of world politics, global economics, and foreign policy. Knowl- edge is expanding rapidly. Our goal in this series of books is to record the findings of recent innovative research in International Relations, and make these readily available to a broader readership of professionals and students.
Con- tributors to the series are leading scholars who are expert in particu- lar subfields of the discipline. Topics, sub- jects, approaches, methods and analytical techniques vary from vol- ume to volume in the series, as each book is intended as an original contribution in the broadest sense.
Common to all volumes, however, are careful research and the excitement of new discovery. World of Our Making is a major contribution to contemporary social science. We welcome it to our series of new studies in Interna- tional Relations because it is most fundamentally concerned with people and peoples, how they relate to one another and why being human compels them to relate as they do. All human behavior, Onuf suggests, is bounded by rules of syntax and logic which influence cognition and ultimately affect all levels of individual and collective behavior, including interna- tional behavior.
Formulating a theory of International Relations then is most properly aciomplished by seeking out these fundamen- tal rules, explaining their sources and elaborating their implications. This is precisely what Nicholas Onuf does in this volume by drawing together, and expanding, the insights of a vast array of thinkers from many disciplines.
Reading World of Our Making is both an emotionally exciting and an intellectually rewarding experience. Donald J. Puchala and Charles W. Kegley, Jr. Most of the authors of this book I cannot name because I do not remember who they are and how they helped.
The influence of others I acknowledge by reference to their written work as the book proceeds. A few people have made contributions I cannot forget and deeply appreciate. Among them were my teachers. These scholars were teachers of mine re- spectively in History, Philosophy and Literature during my first year at Johns Hopkins University. They and their like provided me with a matchless introduction to the world of scholarship. Later, other teachers made more specific contributions to this work.
Robert Tircker introduced me to International Relations as a field of study and then taught me how to read closely. George Liska imparted both a love of theory and a view of international relations that finds it clearest expression in the last pages of chapter 6. Work subsequently undertaken with Spike Peterson decisively advanced this structure, with chapter 4 one consequence.
At her urging, I also engaged postpositivist social theory seriously and found myself rethinking most of my scholarly convictions. Chapter I is only the most tangible result. Friedrich Kratochwil and I discussed issues raised in chapter 2 on many oc- casions, always to my benefit. His support and critical assistance also made a mark on chapters 1.
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Keoley, Jr. Ferguson and Richard W. Series: Studles ln lnternational relations Columbia, S. There is today a renaissance in scholarship directed toward enhancing our understanding of world politics, global economics, and foreign policy. Knowl- edge is expanding rapidly.
World of Our Making: Rules and Rule in Social Theory and International Relations