1st Edition

Tactical Constructivism, Method, and International Relations

ISBN 9781138089761
Published July 14, 2019 by Routledge
268 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.