Refining strategic culture: return of the second generation

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Lock, Edward (2010) Refining strategic culture: return of the second generation. Review of International Studies, 36 (3). pp. 685-708. ISSN 0260-2105 (print) 1469-9044 (online)


This article seeks to refine the concept of ‘strategic culture’ and to highlight some appropriate methods of analysis through which this concept might be applied in empirical studies. In doing so, I seek to synthesise a much ignored element of strategic culture literature – Bradley Klein's ‘second generation’ approach – with insights drawn from contemporary critical constructivist theory. The resulting conception of strategic culture presents a less deterministic account of culture than that found in much existing literature regarding. It also provides far greater critical potential with regard to the analysis of the strategic practices of states and other actors. More generally, this conception of strategic culture leads us to ask how strategic culture serves to constitute certain strategic behaviour as meaningful but also how strategic behaviour serves to constitute the identity of those actors that engage in such behaviour.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1017/S0260210510000276
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 2004 Linguistics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID22620, strategic culture, strategic behaviour, analysis, second generation, conception
Citations in Scopus 27 - View on Scopus
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