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Correspondence: Isms and Schisms: Culturalism versus Realism in Security Studies

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In “Culture Clash,” Michael Desch offers a dismissive assessment of the new culturalist

    wave in security studies.1 Desch ªnds cultural variables hard to deªne and operationalize,

    culturalists reluctant to generalize across cases, and inconsistencies within culturalism

    in security studies such that some cultural theories have more in common with

    realist theories than with other cultural ones. I deal with each of these criticisms in turn.

    I then focus on Desch’s call for culturalists to subject their theories to “crucial tests.” I

    propose an alternative method, more favored by social scientists and accepted by

    realists, of comparing realism and culturalism as rival research programs in security

    studies.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Farrell, T. 1999, 'Correspondence: Isms and Schisms: Culturalism versus Realism in Security Studies', International Security, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 161-168.

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 161

End Page


  • 168

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • In “Culture Clash,” Michael Desch offers a dismissive assessment of the new culturalist

    wave in security studies.1 Desch ªnds cultural variables hard to deªne and operationalize,

    culturalists reluctant to generalize across cases, and inconsistencies within culturalism

    in security studies such that some cultural theories have more in common with

    realist theories than with other cultural ones. I deal with each of these criticisms in turn.

    I then focus on Desch’s call for culturalists to subject their theories to “crucial tests.” I

    propose an alternative method, more favored by social scientists and accepted by

    realists, of comparing realism and culturalism as rival research programs in security

    studies.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Farrell, T. 1999, 'Correspondence: Isms and Schisms: Culturalism versus Realism in Security Studies', International Security, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 161-168.

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 161

End Page


  • 168

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States