1st Edition

Tactical Constructivism, Method, and International Relations

Edited By Brent Steele, Harry Gould, Oliver Kessler Copyright 2020
    268 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is a book on methods, how scholars embody them and how working within, from or against Constructivism has shaped that use and embodiment.

    A vibrant cross-section of contributors write of interdisciplinary encounters, first interactions with the ‘discipline’ of International Relations, discuss engagements in different techniques and tactics, and of pursuing different methods ranging from ethnographic to computer simulations, from sociology to philosophy and history. Presenting a range of voices, many constructivist, some outside and even critical of Constructivism, the volume shows methods as useful tools for approaching research and political positions in International Relations, while also containing contingent, inexact, unexpected, and even surprising qualities for opening further research. It gives a rich account of how the discipline was transformed in the 1990s and early 2000s, and how this shaped careers, positions and interactions.

    It will be of interest to both students and scholars of methods and theory in International Relations and global politics.


    Brent J. Steele, Harry D. Gould, and Oliver Kessler

    Part I: Interpreting Constructivism

    1. Third Generation Constructivism: Between Tactics and Strategy

    Piki Ish-Shalom

    2. A Tactical Guide to Conceptual Analysis

    Hannes Peltonen

    3. Social Constructivism and Actor-Network Theory: Bridging the Divide

    Alexander D. Barder

    4. Tactics of a Constructivist Pedagogy

    Jamie Frueh and Jeremy Youde

    Part II: Discourse, Interpretation and Methods

    5. Narrative Analysis as a Tactical Bridge

    Jelena Subotic

    6. Identities as Tactics: Exposing Relational Foreign Policy as Story

    Amy Skonieczny

    7. Constructivism, Computational Social-Relational Methods, and Multiple Correspondence Analysis David M. McCourt

    Part III: Constructivism and the Interpretive Methods of the Self

    8. When Home is Part of the Field: Experiencing Uncanniness of Home in Field Conversations

    Xymena Kurowska

    9. A Reflexivity that Works for Us: Ethics Beyond Norms

    Jack Amoreux

    10. Feminist Curiosity as Method: On (Limits to) Tactical Uses of Constructivism

    Anne-Marie D’Aoust

    11. Researching within the Instability of Meaning: Decolonial Voices and Practices

    Marcos Scauso

    12. Constructing a Scholar on the Road Less Travelled

    deRaismes Combes

    13. Tactics All The Way Down: The Politics of Exteriority in Constructivism

    Brent J. Steele

    Part IV: Construction and the Interpretation of History and Texts

    14. How To Do (Differing) Things With Words: World-Making and (or) Meaning-Making

    Harry D. Gould

    15. Stubbornly Stumbling into Making History: Constructivism and Historical International Relations

    Halvard Leira and Benjamin de Carvalho


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

    Harry D. Gould is Associate Professor of International Relations at Florida International University, USA.

    Oliver Kessler is Associate Professor at the University of Erfurt, Germany.