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The Globalization Clue: Estranging the Parttime Self

  • Chih-yu Shih
Part of the Comparative Perspectives on Modern Asia book series (CPMA)

Abstract

In his rewriting of American national security history, David Campbell once made a distinction between two kinds of foreign policy, “Foreign Policy” in the upper case and “foreign policy” in the lower case.1 Foreign policy, made in the name of the state, in realist and idealist perspectives is the upper case Foreign Policy, which presumes as well as reproduces the ontology of anarchy where epistemologically uncritical states traffic with each other in threat. Campbell is interested in tracing those boundary-drawing practices in the cultural sphere that makes the imagination of the American state into a hegemony to support Foreign Policy. These practices he calls the lower case foreign policy, which provide the discursive economy to produce an enemy, as an Other, upon which the identity of the state rests. Othering practices are also key to James Der Derian’s reconceptualization of diplomacy in terms of mutual estrangement.2 For Der Derian, diplomacy is possible only if the “states” in question are foreign to one another, despite the fact that (or because) diplomacy aims at mutual understanding and mediation.

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