Social constructivism explains the perceptions of the world that we see today
The norms of human behaviour extend to the reach of global stage: the international society. It starts in the basis of rhetoric, based on the subjectivity of social interactions, which constitutes an actor’s behaviour in the international society. How do we form these norms? How do norms influence the nature of international society?
Social constructivism essentially discusses the perceptions that we have of states through social interactions. The environment that states live in can be seen as peaceful or chaotic, which is perceived in a medium of how it is socially constructed. The nature of international society is not prescribed as anarchic, but is how states interact with each other and conjure up with a myopic viewpoint that it is.
“Anarchy is what states make of it”, Alexander Wendt.
States form their identity from perceptions of how other states perceived themselves to be. If a state behaves in a peaceful notion, states will form their identity along these traits. Likewise, if a state behaves like a rogue state, states will react to these hostile counterparts and be contentious. The pursuit of national interest: trade embargos; similar core values, which pervasively perceives states behaviour as these traits are viewed as peaceful and cooperative.
Another cause for states’ identity and behaviour stems from the rules of the normative. Regulative and constitutive rules are a source of a doctrine for states to follow: a normative and suggestive behaviour that is suitable for interaction on the international stage.
The norms that emanate from social construct through social interaction shapes the nature of international society. States perceive the actions and behaviours of others, in an inter-subjectivity of understanding, react and behave accordingly. As we saw from the past centuries, there had been a series of conflict upheavals but also an almost perpetual period of peace. The norms and institutions that we perceive: aggressive; violent; isolation contributes to how states behave in the international society.
A boundless theory that refutes the notion of realism and liberalism, in which social constructivism makes the world as it is from we see, interact and the ability of convenience to pass judgements on an anomaly on proposed assumptive theories, is abecedarian.