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Reflexivity and International Relations

Positionality, Critique, and Practice

Edited by Jack L Amoureux, Brent J. Steele

© 2016 – Routledge

286 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Reflexivity has become a common term in IR scholarship with a variety of uses and meanings. Yet for such an important concept and referent, understandings of reflexivity have been more assumed rather than developed by those who use it, from realists and constructivists to feminists and post-structuralists.

This volume seeks to provide the first overview of reflexivity in international relations theory, offering students and scholars a text that :

  • provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of the current reflexivity literature
  • develops important insights into how reflexivity can play a broader role in IR theory
  • pushes reflexivity in new, productive directions, and offers more nuanced and concrete specifications of reflexivity
  • moves reflexivity beyond the scholar and the scholarly field to political practice
  • Formulates practices of reflexivity.

Drawing together the work of many of the key scholars in the field into one volume, this work will be essential reading for all students of international relations theory.


‘Amoureux and Steele have put together a superb collection of essays which simultaneously exhibits the coherence of a single thematic and great originality in the individual contributions. Reflections by academics confronting their own scholarship creates an honest, insightful, and arresting book. This volume provides anyone interested in the craft of good IR scholarship with an essential starting point.’ - Professor Anthony F Lang, Jr, University of St Andrews, UK

'This is an exciting book that should provoke, disturb, stimulate and resonate with scholars’ thoughts and experiences in writing international relations. In thoroughly dissecting both the most obvious and the most intimate aspects of reflexivity, the authors reveal the roughness as well as the eloquence that can emanate from our attempts to grasp the meaning of our selves and our scholarship.' - Professor Cecelia Lynch, University of California, Irvine, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction Jack L. Amoureux and Brent J. Steele Part I: Formulating Reflexivity for Scholarship and Politics 1. Promise Unfulfilled? Reflexivity as Agency and Ethics? Jack L. Amoureux 2. Narrative Engagement and the Creative Practices of International Relations Elizabeth Dauphinee 3. Whistle Interruption: Reflexivity and Documentary Provocation Brent J. Steele Part II: Reflexive Scholars 4. Zooming In, Zooming Out: Reflexive Engagements Piki Ish-Shalom 5. Between 'Late Style' and Sustainable Critique: Said Adorno and the Israel-Pakestine Conflict Daniel J. Levine6. Reflexivity and Research: Feminist Interventions and Their Practical Implications Andrea L. Dottolo and Sarah M. Tillery 7 Reflexivity@Disney-U: Mauro J. Caraccioli and Aida A. Hozic 8. Exile as Reflexive Engagement: IR as Everyday Practice Amanda Beattie Part III: Reflexivity and World Politics 9. Reflexivity, Critique, and the Jewish Diaspora Ilan Zvi Baron10. Human Terrain Systems and Reflexivity Evgenia Ileva 11. Reflexive Diplomacy Huss Banai 12. When the fix Isn’t in: Toward a Reflexive Pragmatism Wesley Widmaier 13. A Reflexive Practice of Prudence Harry Gould 14. Reflexivity beyond Subjectivism: From Descartes to Dewey Mark E. Button Conclusion Iver B. Neumann

About the Editors

Jack L Amoureux Jack Amoureux is a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He previously taught at American University in Washington, D.C

Brent J Steele is Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair at the University of Utah, USA.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years. This series covers the major issues that have emerged and reflects the latest academic thinking in this particularly dynamic arena.

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