2nd Edition

Research Methods in Critical Security Studies An Introduction

Edited By Mark B. Salter, Can E. Mutlu, Philippe M. Frowd Copyright 2023
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    This textbook surveys new and emergent methods for doing research in critical security studies, filling a gap in the literature. The second edition has been revised and updated.

    This textbook is a practical guide to research design in this increasingly established field. Arguing for serious attention to questions of research design and method, the book develops accessible scholarly overviews of key methods used across critical security studies, such as ethnography, discourse analysis, materiality, and corporeal methods. It draws on prominent examples of each method’s objects of analysis, relevant data, and forms of data collection. The book’s defining feature is the collection of diverse accounts of research design from scholars working within each method, each of which is a clear and honest recounting of a specific project’s design and development. This second edition is extensively revised and expanded. Its 33 contributors reflect the sheer diversity of critical security studies today, representing various career stages, scholarly interests, and identities. This book is systematic in its approach to research design but keeps a reflexive and pluralist approach to the question of methods and how they can be used. The second edition has a new forward-looking conclusion examining future research trends and challenges for the field.

    This book will be essential reading for upper-level students and researchers in the field of critical security studies, and of much interest to students in International Relations and across the social sciences.

    1. Introduction

    Mark B. Salter, Philippe M. Frowd & Can E. Mutlu


    2. Research Design

    Mark B. Salter

    3. Wondering as Research Attitude

    Luis Lobo-Guerrero

    4. Do You Have What It Takes? Accounting for Emotional and Material Capacities

    Anne-Marie D'Aoust

    5. Attuning to 'Mess': Not Presuming to Know Sanctuary

    Vicki Squire

    6. Engaging Collaborative Writing Critically

    Miguel de Larrinaga & Marc G. Doucet

    7. Accessing the ‘Field' of Terrorism Studies

    Lisa Stampnitzky


    8. Ethnography

    Philippe M. Frowd

    9. Travelling with Ethnography

    Wanda Vrasti

    10. Reflexive Inquiry

    Rahel Kunz

    11. Listening to Migrant Stories: Considerations on Voice

    Heather L. Johnson

    12. Learning by Feeling: Emotional Intelligence and Fieldwork

    Jesse Crane-Seeber

    13. Doing Sensitive Research: Fieldwork Ethics and Methodologies

    Megan Daigle

    14. ‘China is the Safest Country in the World!’: Translation, Travel, and the Problem of Fit’

    Jonna Nyman

    15. Methods that Mirror Migration: Ethics and Entanglement En Route

    Noelle Brigden

    16. Researching Security Decisions at the Border (or Serendipity and Secret Places)

    Alexandra Hall

    17. ‘Dangerous' Fieldwork

    Jonathan Luke Austin


    18. Practices

    Mark B. Salter

    19. The Practice of Writing

    Hannah Hughes

    20. Researching Anti-Deportation: Socialization as Method

    Peter Nyers

    21. Expertise in the Aviation Security Field

    Mark B. Salter

    22. Mapping Urban Security Practices

    Jonas Hagmann

    23. Following Turkish Border Practices

    Beste İşleyen


    24. Discourse

    Philippe M. Frowd, Can E. Mutlu & Mark B. Salter

    25. Archives

    Luis Lobo-Guerrero

    26. Legislative Practices

    Andrew W. Neal

    27. Problems, Tools, and Creativity: A Pragmatist Approach to Emotion and Security

    Eric Van Rythoven

    28. Keeping Secrets: Freedom of Information Requests and Critical Security Studies

    Emily Gilbert

    29. Understanding Discourses of Arctic In/Security

    Wilfrid Greaves


    30. The Corporeal

    Can E. Mutlu & Philippe M. Frowd

    31. Theorizing the Body in IR

    Rosemary E. Shinko

    32. Reading the Maternal Body as Political Event

    Tina Managhan

    33. Sonic Encounters in Critical Security Studies: Reflections from Ethnographic Fieldwork in Morocco

    Michelle Weitzel

    34. Thinking Like a Microbe

    Gitte du Plessis


    35. Materiality

    Mark B. Salter & Can E. Mutlu

    36. Infrastructure

    Claudia Aradau

    37. The F-35

    Srdjan Vucetic

    38. Complicating Risk, Home and the Field: Security Research in Spaces of Control

    Nicole Sunday Grove

    39. Unlearning Research Methods: Stories of Attunement and Failure

    Debbie Lisle

    40. Security Technologies and Criticality

    Mathias Leese

    41. Materiality and the Production of Objects

    Joanna Tidy


    42. Emerging Trends

    Mark B. Salter, Philippe M. Frowd & Can E. Mutlu


    Mark B. Salter is Professor in the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the author/editor of eight books, including Making Things International 1 and 2 (2015 and 2016). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Security Dialogue.

    Can E. Mutlu is Associate Professor of Global Politics at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, Canada. His research interests include borders, migration, technology, and security. He is the co-editor of Architectures of Security: Design, Control, Mobility (with Benjamin J. Muller).

    Philippe M. Frowd is Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His research focuses on the governance of irregular migration and border control in the Sahel region of West Africa. He is the author of Security at the Borders (2018).

    ‘Questions of method have become increasing pertinent to the pedagogies and research practices of critical security studies. Research Methods in Critical Security Studies (2nd edition) makes a timely contribution by providing a range of answers to these questions. In doing so, RMCSS strikes a judicious balance that will appeal to seasoned researchers looking to adopt new approaches as well as students who may be embarking upon their first substantive research project in the field. While richly informed by cutting edge conceptual, methodological, and theoretical literature, the discussions are practical, precise, and plain-spoken—they cut straight to the chase in order to equip the reader with capabilities to do reflexive research in critical security studies and navigate common challenges found within and across methods. With new chapters and updated materials, the 2nd edition captures recent developments within the field while maintaining the accessibility and pragmatism that were hallmarks of the first edition. As such, the 2nd edition is an excellent teaching and research resource for everyone in the field.’

    Kyle Grayson, Newcastle University, UK

    'This volume shows how doing critical and reflexive research can go hand-in-hand with rigorous methodology. The book is indispensable to researchers in critical security studies broadly defined, from graduate student to project leader. It is filled with useful practical examples and fascinating case studies. I have used it in my thesis seminar for years, and it is great that we now have an updated and expanded second edition, that combines attention to state-of-the-art theory with clear advice on practical means and modes of doing research.'

    Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    'If ''methods'' are off-the-shelf tools that can be casually picked up and deployed, then this is not a methods book. It is instead an invitation to critical inquiry, and a rich tapestry of examples showing how attitudes of reflexivity and a healthy skepticism about received concepts and categories are in no way incompatible with clear and sustained attention to questions of research design. This is a rich feast for critical researchers to devour.'

    Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University, USA