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
2. A Tactical Guide to Conceptual Analysis
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
6. Identities as Tactics: Exposing Relational Foreign Policy as Story
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
9. A Reflexivity that Works for Us: Ethics Beyond Norms
10. Feminist Curiosity as Method: On (Limits to) Tactical Uses of Constructivism
11. Researching within the Instability of Meaning: Decolonial Voices and Practices
12. Constructing a Scholar on the Road Less Travelled
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
The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.