Contending discourses underlie many of the worlds most intractable
conflicts, producing misery and violence. This is especially true
in the post-9/11 world. However, contending discourses can also
open the way to greater dialogue in global civil society and across
states and international organizations. This possibility holds even
for the most murderous sorts of conflicts in deeply divided
In this timely and original book, John Dryzek examines major
contemporary conflicts in terms of clashing discourses. Topics
covered include the alleged clash of civilizations; societies
divided by ethnicity, nationality, or religion; economic
globalization versus resistance; plus an in-depth discussion of the
'war on terror'. Dryzek concludes by highlighting the limitations
of current neoconservative and cosmopolitan approaches, arguing
that only deliberative global politics offers unprecedented new
possibilities for democratic engagement in the international
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of
international relations, politics, philosophy, and sociology.
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