Political Science Faculty Publications

Title

Representing civilization: Solidarism, ornamentalism, and Siam’s entry into international society

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Although norms are important in various schools of international relations theory, there has been relatively little effort to integrate their various uses of the term. Here I seek to bring together the Constructivist use of norms based on individual human agency with the English School's concept of solidarism. This perspective helps make sense of the expansion of international society, a point demonstrated through a study of the apparently anomalous case of Siam, which achieved sovereignty without developing significant military power. Siamese elites were able to gain inclusion in international society by enacting solidarism with European conceptions of 'civilized' behavior and using European conceptions of class to trump preconceptions about race.

Publication Date

9-2010

Publication Title

European Journal of International Relations

Volume

16

Issue

3

Start Page No.

417

End Page No.

439

Publisher

SAGE Publications

ISSN

1354-0661

DOI

10.1177/1354066109350050

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