Michel Foucault and NMD

Natalie Bormann

in National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780719074707
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701331 | DOI:
Michel Foucault and NMD

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This chapter shows how the poststructural approach provides a useful epistemological and ontological engagement with identity. It reveals that Michel Foucault has been increasingly called upon in analyses on security discourses; his work is also used to invite individuals to reflect on the connection between the constitution of identities and particular (disciplinary) practices. The chapter discusses the construction of the self, identity performance and how America has come into being using a process of imagining the absent, the elusive and that which it is not. It clarifies that identity is meant to be fabricated and not discovered, and stresses that foreign policy analysis should consider how meanings are produced.

Keywords: poststructural approach; identity; Michel Foucault; security discourses; constitution of identities; construction of self; identity performance; foreign policy analysis

Chapter.  9275 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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