By Martin Hall, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson
As a fashion of improvising at the learn of civilizations in global politics, the quantity makes a speciality of these social and political practices in which notions of civilizational identification are reproduced in a number of contexts starting from the worldwide credits regime to theological debates approximately modernity to the 'war on terrorism'. The participants to the amount discover the ways that practices of civilizational identification provide upward push to the impact of an outstanding item known as a 'civilization,' although this item is itself not anything greater than an ensemble of social practices.
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Additional info for Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of "Civilizations" in International Relations
There are many who argue civilizations are not in and of themselves actors in world politics (Mazlish, 2001). For instance, Greg Melleuish argues civilizations are neither unified entities in the way of states or cultures, nor can political or military power be attributed to them. Rather civilizations should be seen as a particular way of understanding the peoples and societies who compose it. This limits the power of civilizations as an explanatory tool (Melleuish, 2000: 110). Within IR also, there are those who maintain that civilizational identity is not what lies at the core of world politics today.
The West, he argues, is a society premised on the dynamic processes of politics in which individuals engage as citizens. In contrast, Muslim societies are represented as embedded in the static foundation of religion in which individuals participate as subjects. Two things are of interest in Scruton’s argument in relation to the concerns of this chapter. One is the implications of his perceptions of a remaining intractable incommensurability between different civilizations, which fuels tension in world politics and stands in marked contrast to more optimistic views of the possibility of molding societies toward an ideal and harmonized universal form of governance.
The series of representations contained in this thesis have formed an important frame of reference in the debate about the relationship between states and societies of different cultures in contemporary world politics. The thesis forms the foundation of a particular discourse of civilizational identity and civilizational interaction that can be used as a framework through which contemporary politics is interpreted and understood. Thus events such as the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the protests that erupted throughout the Muslim world in 2006 in response to a series of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper were discussed with reference to whether they were evidences of the clash of civilizations coming to pass.
Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of "Civilizations" in International Relations by Martin Hall, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson