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Democracy Promotion As Foreign Policy : Temporal Othering in International Relations (Hardcover) (Cathy
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This book looks at democracy promotion as a form of foreign policy. Elliot asks whydemocracy was seen to be the answer to the 7/7 bombings in London, and why it should be promoted not in Britain, but in Pakistan? This book provides a detailed answer to these questions, examining the logic and the modes of thinking that made such a response possible. It also shows why they matter for the way democracy is thought about and understood in Britain and globally.
The author looks at the influential distinction made between Foreign Policy, as conventionally understood, and foreign policy as the complex of practices that constitutes objectsas foreign in the first place. First, she shows the importance of modes of "temporal othering" by examining the temporal distinctions that constitute a British, democratic, national identity by dint of positing an "other" that is barbaric, alien, despotic, violent and – most importantly – backward. Second, she argues that it is possible to narrate alternative versions of history, demonstrating that teleology itself isn’t the driving force of history, but rather that a teleological understanding of history emerges from the messiness of historical events. She shows that the version of history that currently pervades practices of thought about British identity and democracy promotion is contestable and therefore it might be possible to think, act and live differently.Providing a genealogy drawing on material from colonial and post-colonial Britain and Pakistan, including legislation, political discourse, government projects and broader cultural representations, this book will be of interest to scholars and students focusing on democracy promotion; genealogy; critical border studies; poststructural IR; postcolonial politics; discourse analysis; identity/subjectivity; and "the war on terror".