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Sino-US Relations and the Role of Emotion in State Action: by T. Shepperd

By T. Shepperd

Analyzing twenty-first century kinfolk among the united states and China, Shepperd investigates 3 good publicised crises among those states, highlighting how social pursuits with regards to id and emotional wishes have been key dynamics using those interactions and their transformation.

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Such enquiries examine how meaning is produced and reproduced, and attached to social objects thereby constituting particular interpretive dispositions whilst precluding others (Doty, 1993; Howard, 2004). Such questions investigate how certain subjects, objects, or interpretive dispositions are constructed so that certain practices become possible. This is particularly important when considering the impact of social factors on foreign policy. Howpossible questions not only allow us to investigate why particular decisions were made resulting in specific courses of action, but are also concerned with how such courses were made possible; for example, how did it become possible to negotiate a satisfactory outcome avoiding escalation into military conflict in the Taiwan Straits crisis of 1995–96 given the logic of confrontation and escalation that each side had created?

As an alternative, ‘how-possible’ questions approach analysis from a different angle. Such enquiries examine how meaning is produced and reproduced, and attached to social objects thereby constituting particular interpretive dispositions whilst precluding others (Doty, 1993; Howard, 2004). Such questions investigate how certain subjects, objects, or interpretive dispositions are constructed so that certain practices become possible. This is particularly important when considering the impact of social factors on foreign policy.

A central claim of this piece is that emotional dynamics help to explain the trajectory of these interactions and the shift from co-operation to conflict and back to co-operation again. It should be stipulated again that my aim is not to analyse the neurological nor physiological aspects of emotion, but rather the role of group emotion as can be evidenced within the construction of national communities. Emotions are both individual and social phenomena and therefore should be acknowledged at both the micro and macro levels of analysis – this includes at the level of states and their interactions with other political units.

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