Ethnicity and identity in international relations

Sezal, Semra Ranâ
The aim of this thesis is to combine two different areas of study, namely identity studies and International Relations (IR) and find a place for IP (Identity Politics) in IR theorizing in order to reach a better understanding on ethnic conflicts, ethnic politics and identity politics in world politics. The study tries to ask and answer questions posed by the identity studies spectrum for the theory of IR and by doing so seeks to fill a gap in the mainstream IR theory, which fails to account for and explain phenomena of identity that has for so long been ignored, in the international system. The thesis reaches the conclusion that studying international relations through the dichotomy of identity and difference gives scholars room to study at different levels and on different units other than the nation-state. Such a perspective would help avoiding reductionist approaches, which conceptualize international relations as inter-state relations.


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Citation Formats
S. R. Sezal, “Ethnicity and identity in international relations,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2002.