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Towards a strong NATO narrative: From a ‘practice of talking’ to a ‘practice of doing’

Flockhart, Trine (2012) Towards a strong NATO narrative: From a ‘practice of talking’ to a ‘practice of doing’. International Politics, 49 (1). pp. 78-97. ISSN 1384-5748. E-ISSN 1740-3898. (doi:10.1057/ip.2011.31) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The article contributes to the growing theoretical scholarship on NATO by developing a theoretical framework that demonstrates the complex relationship between doing and being, identity and action, and knowledge and practice. The article addresses the puzzle that NATO in the past decade has been busier than ever, yet has not managed to construct a strong narrative and maintain ontological security. The article presents a framework, which assumes that ontological security is influenced by identity and narrative construction processes, which are themselves reinforced or undermined by practical action, conceptualized as ‘functional action’ and ‘rhetorical action’. By analyzing NATO's current and past narratives, practices, and action patterns, the article shows that NATO's recent crisis is not just a deeper and more serious crisis because Afghanistan is a difficult mission, but that the depth of the crisis is the result of changes in NATO's established practices and new fundamentally different patterns of action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/ip.2011.31
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Trine Flockhart
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 11:37 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54323 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Flockhart, Trine: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3709-2493?
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