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The National Identity of International Relations Theories

Wang Yiwei  
To evaluate International Relations Theory (IRT), the author puts forward a paradigm of “personal identity-national identity-features of the time.” Based on this paradigm, the paper focuses on the national identity of IRT, i.g., how the American mode of thinking, political culture, national mission and national character shape the intension and extension of IRT. It points out that the national identity of IRT has been strongly affiliated with “Americanization.” In other words, the U.S. not only has become the research subject of IRT, but has also become the dominating factor of IR studies; the U.S. not only has dominated the methodology and axiology of IR studies, but has also dominated its ontology and epistemology. From this perspective, the author explores the possibility of “Sinicization” of IRT and argues that by doing so Chinese scholars should create a new system and doctrine for IR studies.
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