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Introduction: The Place of Culture in the Play of International Politics

Giles Gunn

in America and the Misshaping of a New World Order

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520098701
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098701.003.0001
Introduction: The Place of Culture in the Play of International Politics

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Conventional orthodoxy in international relations has tended to downplay the effects of culture. This chapter appraises the impacts of culture on international politics and its effects on the construction of world order and models of global governance. America's centrality to the stability and well being of international order has been an accepted truth. The challenge to global governance came from the attacks of September 11, 2001, which was perceived by the American administration and indeed the world as assaults on not just the United States but also some of the supports of the world system itself. President George W. Bush declared war on terrorism by invading Iraq and Afghanistan, which was justified by employing myths oriented around the sacred symbol of freedom or liberty. These missions seemed ideally to combine self-interest with morality. This chapter uncovers the cultural impetus of America's policies, the suicidal attacks of terrorists, and the dynamics of globalization.

Keywords: effects of culture; models of global governance; American administration; war on terrorism; cultural impetus

Chapter.  12166 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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