Foreign policy and the politics of representation: The West and its Others

Duncombe, Constance (2011) Foreign policy and the politics of representation: The West and its Others. Global Change, Peace and Security, 23 1: 31-46. doi:10.1080/14781158.2011.540093

Author Duncombe, Constance
Title Foreign policy and the politics of representation: The West and its Others
Journal name Global Change, Peace and Security   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-1158
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14781158.2011.540093
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 31
End page 46
Total pages 16
Editor David Capie
Anita Lacey
Robbie Shilliam
Jacqui True
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The patterns of representation that position the West as the dominant enlightened Self to the non-West's subordinate Other are evident in Hollywood filmmaking. Films such as A Mighty Heart, The Kingdom and The Siege continue to maintain the Hegelian Master/Slave dialectic of West/non-West, which becomes part of the narrative of the West's identity construction. In delving into this supposed relationship between West and non-West, it appears as though few scholars have considered how the processes of representation feed into this essentialised dialectic. In delving into the area of representation, a space for understanding emerges in relation to determining whether or how much being represented in certain ways affects or acts to manipulate the behaviour and choices of the Other, especially in terms of foreign policy conduct. This article examines representational dynamics in terms of the position of the Other as Self, in order to offer an authoritative conception of how schemas of representation influence the direction of foreign policy.
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Keyword Representation
Foreign policy
Historical narrative/metaphor
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 15 Mar 2011, 14:24:35 EST by Elmari Louise Whyte on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies