The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of an by Charlotte Epstein

By Charlotte Epstein

In the second one 1/2 the 20th century, around the globe attitudes towards whaling shifted from common reputation to ethical censure. Why? Whaling, as soon as as very important to the worldwide economic climate as oil is now, had lengthy been uneconomical. significant species have been lengthy identified to be endangered. but international locations had persisted to help whaling. In The energy of phrases in foreign Relations, Charlotte Epstein argues that the switch used to be caused now not through altering fabric pursuits yet via a robust anti-whaling discourse that effectively recast whales as notable and clever endangered mammals that had to be kept. Epstein perspectives whaling either as an item of research in its personal correct and as a lens for analyzing discursive strength, and the way language, materiality, and motion engage to form diplomacy. by means of targeting discourse, she develops an method of the examine of business enterprise and the development of pursuits that brings non-state actors and participants into the research of overseas politics. Epstein analyzes the "society of whaling states" as a suite of historic practices the place the dominant discourse of the day legitimated the killing of whales instead of their safeguard. She then seems at this whaling world's reflect photo: the increase from the political margins of an anti-whaling discourse, which orchestrated one of many first winning worldwide environmental campaigns, within which saving the whales finally turned shorthand for saving the planet. ultimately, she considers the continuing dominance of a now taken-for-granted anti-whaling discourse, together with its construction of identification different types that align with and maintain the prevailing overseas political order. Epstein's synthesis of discourse, strength, and identification politics brings the fields of diplomacy thought and international environmental politics right into a fruitful discussion that advantages both.

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Second, the distinction between ‘‘subjectivity’’ and ‘‘subject-positions’’ resolves the levels-of-analysis problem in international relations. That social actors are speaking actors applies equally to individuals and corporate actors, to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as well as states. A significant advantage of a discourse perspective is that it enables the enquiry to travel the full length of the levels-of-analysis spectrum, from the individual to the state level. Individuals, NGOs, states, are all potentially the subjects (the I/we) of a discourse.

There it examines the relationships between the state, science, and the whaling industry that led to the development of cetology (the science of whales) within national structures of knowledge and power centered around the whale. Chapter 4 analyzes the emergence of a common international whaling discourse that took shape around the development of whaling regulations. Starting from measures in place at the national level, it retraces the halting progression toward international whaling regulations that eventually yielded, in 1946, the IWC.

For this reason whaling historians Tonnessen and Johnsen (1982) distinguish between an inherently wasteful Western whaling, which was essentially for industrial purposes, and Japanese whaling, where human consumption remained a key driver throughout. Japan thus blurs the distinctions between ‘‘traditional’’ and ‘‘modern’’ whaling, in that the factory ships—the infamous emblem of modern whaling in the West today—that are still being operated for ‘‘scientific’’ whaling also yield whale meat. ) Thus, in Japan, factory whaling coexists today alongside traditional whaling.

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