Stop Telling Us How to Behave: Socialization or Infantilization?

  title={Stop Telling Us How to Behave: Socialization or Infantilization?},
  author={C. Epstein},
  journal={International Studies Perspectives},
  • C. Epstein
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • International Studies Perspectives
  • In this paper, I use a phenomenon of resistance to a global norm as a catalyst to critically re-examine the cognitive frames underpinning the use of the concept of socialization in international relations. My critique, which adds to the now growing critique of constructivism's neglect of the role of power in the international system, is threefold. First, socialization tends to be apprehended as a bettering of the socializee, because of an implicit teleological assumption of change as progress… CONTINUE READING
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