This volume offers a state-of-the-art study of the diverse methodological approaches and issues in the study of emotions in international relations research.
While interest in emotion and affect in IR has grown in recent years, there remains an absence of sustained engagement with questions of methodology and method. Although much of the field holds the ‘emotions turn’ as laudable, it is commonly seen as facing serious, even prohibitive, methodological challenges.
Using a common framework for making discussions of methodology and emotion mutually intelligible, this work seeks to address this lacuna and will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, research methods and IR theory.
1. Introduction: Parsing the Passions
Eric Van Rythoven, Mira Sucharov, and Brent Sasley
Part 1: Concepts
2. Emotion and Experience in International Relations
3. Emotions and Mindfulness in IR: Moving beyond ‘anti-humanism’
4. Trauma, Aporia, and the Undecidability of Emotions on 9/11
Part 2: Macro Approaches
5. Communitarian emotions in IR: Constructing emotional worlds
6. The Spiraling Effect: Emotional Representations and International Interactions
7. Affect, That Old Familiar Feeling
Luke B. Campbell
Part 3: Micro Approaches
8. Encounters Between Affect and Emotion: Studying Order and Disorder in International Politics
Eric Van Rythoven and Ty Solomon
9. Emotions In-And-Out of Equilibrium: Tracing the Everyday Defensiveness of Identity
Amoz JY Hor
10. Cause and Effect: The Methodology of Experimentation
Aaron M. Hoffman
Part 4: Ethics
11. Orienting the Body: Affective Methodology and Embodiment
12. Empire of Affects: Speculation and Wagers in IR’s Affective Turn
Part 5: Conclusion
13. The Power of Emotions, the Emotions of Politics: What do We Need to Know about Emotions to Make Sense of World Politics?
The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.
We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.
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‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’
Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA