Social constructivist interpretation of «agency-structure» dilemma in the science of international relations


  • Y. Y. Senyuk Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Keywords: agent, system, reciprocity, international environment, postmodernism, reflectionism.

Abstract

Social constructivist explanation of the «agency-structure» correlation in the theory of international relations has been presented in the article. The «agency-structure» dilemma appeared in the focus of social constructivist researches at the end of the XX century, that researches have gained dominant positions among the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of international relations. But despite this, the social constructivist interpretation of the «agency-structure» dilemma hasn’t got enough attention by Ukrainian scientists. The actuality of the paper is determined, firstly, by the necessity to describe the social constructivist conceptualization of the «agency-structure» dichotomy, secondly, to answer the key question of discussion about the nature of agency and structure, and thirdly, to determine the impact of social and inter-subjective factors on the interrelation of structural and subjective levels of the international system.The main aim of the research is to analyze the social constructivist interpretation of the «agency-structure» dilemma. Basic forms and characteristics of social constructivist research of «agency-structure» dilemma have been represented in the article. Essence of structures and actors’ subjectivity has been revealed. Moreover, separate fragments of social constructivism explanation have been given on the basis of its main peculiarities’ characterization.The influence of social and inter-subjective factors on the formation of structure and agents’ interdependence in the international environment has been considered in the article. The correlation of inherent and collective identities of agents and its significance for the «agency-structure» reciprocity has also been presented. Forms, features and consequences of agents’ socialization within international structures has been characterized.The significance of social constructivism in modern researches of «agency-structure» correlation has been substantiated in research by summarizing a considerable number of factual materials and use of general scientific methods, such as logical and systematic methods, analysis and synthesis.The scientific novelty of the article has been pointed out by accents, which allow making a comprehensive analysis and describing an alternative approach to the study of structural and subjective levels of the international system.

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Published
2017-07-11
How to Cite
Senyuk, Y. (2017). Social constructivist interpretation of «agency-structure» dilemma in the science of international relations. Grani, 20(4), 76-81. https://doi.org/10.15421/171764
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