ERIC Number: ED202787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
An Emerging World Consciousness? An Analysis of "Foreign Affairs," 1922-1979.
Price, Thomas J.
This study summarizes major thrusts of articles appearing in "Foreign Affairs," the journal which is essentially the voice of the Council on Foreign Relations. The study is based on the premise that the Council holds an elite and influential position in U.S. government policy formation. Articles and supplements from Volume I, Number I (September, 1922) to the present were classified according to data on the article and data on the author. Major themes were characterized as political, economic, military, societal, and territorial. The study also classified the area of the world the article focused on in terms of geographical/regional areas and organizations or clusters that stretch across a number of geographical regions. In order to determine whether a change has occurred in the attention given to Europe as opposed to the rest of the world, a World Consciousness Area was established which included South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, international organizations, the economic cluster, and the societal cluster. Results indicate that the World Consciousness Area has the highest level of attention. Since the rise in the level of attention began as early as 1950, this study maintains the argument that "Foreign Affairs" begins years in advance to mold elite opinion. In addition, 71% of authors, most of whom are from the United States, come from academic, governmental administrative, or informed commentator occupations. Finally, the hypothesis that the United States is shifting from a political-military to an economic-societal perspective was not supported. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Council on Foreign Relations; Foreign Affairs (Journal)
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 1981). Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to poor reproducibility of original document.