The Palestinian Refugee Question: A Constitutive Constructivist Interpretation
Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations (Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 2009, pp. 45-61)
17 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2010 Last revised: 10 Sep 2012
Date Written: January 22, 2010
The paper aims to present a constitutive constructivist interpretation of the Palestinian refugee question by examining the speeches and other public documents. The proponent questions the perennial inadequacy of mainstream theories particularly realism, thus its purpose is to present an alternative theoretical framework, and with the help of a method to deeply understand the problem.
The constitutive version of constructivism differs from the conventional strand because it gives importance to the potency of the use of language. This will be undertaken through the verbs-incontext-system (VICS) method of content analysis. Consequently, the findings are not as good as we would hope for because based on the calculative verbs that were gathered using VICS, it gave us a negative and even pejorative interpretation whether all of the agreements and public statements were done in the spirit of pacta sunt servanda. However, there are glitches in the evaluated statements stating some plethoric and unbinding declarations.
Most, if not all, were unilaterally declared based on their perspectives and insinuate some argumentative issues particularly on the right of the refugees to return to their homeland or acquire their lost properties.
Keywords: Palestinian Refugees, Constructivism, Habermas, Political Psychology, Verbs-In-Context System (VICS)
JEL Classification: A00
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