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Ontologies of a Nation: South Korea's national biographies, Self and foreign policy behavior towards North Korea
Swedish Defence University.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Ontological security scholars have thus far been unable to account for recurring variation in a state’s foreign policy behavior. The aim of this thesis is to explore and suggest an explanation to this phenomenon. The cause behind the puzzle is an inadequate understanding of the nation-state and national identity, which are widely accepted as something uniform and coherent within Westphalian borders. In this thesis, I adopt Berenskoetter’s (2014) approach of the nation-state’s ontology as a national biography, but I additionally argue, that more than one national biography can exist within the Westphalian borders of a state. This assumption allows us in turn to understand recurring variation in a state’s foreign policy behavior within the assumption of constant ontological security-seeking. In this thesis, I will explore the case of South Korea, which varying behavior towards North Korea is a result of its two national biographies and a constant pursuit of ontological security.

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2020. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
ontological security, national biography, nation-state, South Korea
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8976OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8976DiVA, id: diva2:1391344
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Political Science with focus on crisis management and security
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
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Available from: 2020-02-10 Created: 2020-02-04 Last updated: 2020-02-10Bibliographically approved

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