The Culture of National Security

Norms and Identity in World Politics

Edited by Peter J. Katzenstein

Columbia University Press

The Culture of National Security

Pub Date: October 1996

ISBN: 9780231104692

560 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $38.00£30.00

The Culture of National Security

Norms and Identity in World Politics

Edited by Peter J. Katzenstein

Columbia University Press

Contributors ask whether it is more useful to conceive of the world as arrayed in regional, cultural, institutional complexes or organized along the conventional dimensions of power, alliance, and geography. They argue that perspectives that neglect the roles of culture and identity are no longer adequate to explain the complexities of a world undergoing rapid change.
Beyond the substantive contributions of the individual authors and the extensive debate about the nature and the advantages and disadvantages of fully integrating ideational scholarship into the study of world politics,The Culture of National Security should interest comparativists as a broad and ambitious attempt to apply the insights and tools of sociological and constructivist scholarship to the analysis of concrete political questions.... Sheri Berman, Comparative Politics
Historians, policy-makers and analysts of contemporary affairs will find much food for thought here. James Jay Carafano, Georgetown University, H-Net Reviews
1: Introduction: Alternative Perspectives on National Security, by Peter J. Katzenstein
2: Norms, Identity, and Culture in National Security, by Ronald L. Jepperson, Alexander Wendt, and Peter J. Katzenstein
I. Norms and National Security
3: Status, Norms, and the Proliferation of Conventional Weapons: An Institutional Theory Approach, by Dana P. Eyre and Mark C. Suchman
4: Norms and Deterrence: The Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Taboos, by Richard Price and Nina Tannenwald
5: Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention, by Martha Finnemore
6: Culture and French Military Doctrine Before World War II, by Elizabeth Kier
7: Cultural Realism and Strategy in Maoist China, by Alastair Iain Johnston
II. Identity and National Security
8: Identity, Norms, and National Security: The Soviet Foreign Policy Revolution and the End of the Cold War, by Robert G. Herman
9: Norms, Identity, and National Security in Germany and Japan, by Thomas U. Berger
10: Collective Identity in a Democratic Community: The Case of NATO, by Thomas Risse-Kappen
11: Identity and Alliances in the Middle East, by Michael N. Barnett
III. Implications and Conclusions
12: Norms, Identity, and Their Limits: A Theoretical Reprise, by Paul Kowert and Jeffrey Legro
13: Conclusion: National Security in a Changing World, by Peter J. Katzenstein

About the Author

Peter J. Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.