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Parameters of a National Biography

Berenskoetter, Felix (2014) 'Parameters of a National Biography.' European Journal of International Relations, 20 (1). pp. 262-288.

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the ontology of political community, specifically the nation-state, as a bounded entity in time and space. Juxtaposed against the reading of it as an autonomous (realism) or permeated (liberalism) unit, or as constituted through Othering (social constructivism), the article conceptualizes the nation-state as a bounded community constituted by a biographical narrative which gives meaning to its collective spatio-temporal situatedness. Taking a phenomenological approach, the article offers a systematic discussion of the parameters of such a narrative. It highlights the relevance of an experienced space, giving meaning to the past, and an envisioned space, giving meaning to the future, delineated through horizons of experience and of possibility, respectively. In this reading, politics is found in the creative and contested attempts to link these dimensions to a coherent narrative on both the domestic and international level.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 14603713
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/1354066112445290
Depositing User: Felix Berenskoetter
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 13:02
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/13620

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