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Everyday Diplomacy: Mission, Spectacle and the Remaking of Diplomatic Culture
Diplomatic Cultures and International Politics (2016)
  • Costas M. Constantinou, University of Cyprus
Images, narratives and practices of diplomacy occur on a daily basis. The everydayness
and ordinariness of diplomacy, however, is not readily acknowledged – at least within the
discipline of International Relations (IR). In matters diplomatic, during the last century,
the discipline predominantly concentrated on the activities of the official agents of states
as infused by the aristocratic and bureaucratic tradition of the European international
society (Satow 1922, Nicolson 1939, Kissinger 1994). Even among critical IR scholars
considering the ‘future of diplomacy’ more recently, diplomacy is only reserved for the
work of diplomats representing sovereign territorial units. It is not meant for the
representatives of non-territorial units (e.g. NGOs, humanitarian agencies, religious
missions, and so on) whose activities only ‘resemble’ those of state diplomats and
consequently, according to this view, only catachrestically bear the formal title diplomacy
(Sending, Pouliot and Neumann 2011). This chapter takes issue with this restricted account of diplomacy.
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Jason Dittmer and Fiona McConnell
Citation Information
Costas M. Constantinou. "Everyday Diplomacy: Mission, Spectacle and the Remaking of Diplomatic Culture" Diplomatic Cultures and International Politics (2016)
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