ABSTRACT

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.

part I|2 pages

Interpreting Constructivism

chapter 1|13 pages

Third generation Constructivism

Between tactics and strategy

chapter 3|13 pages

Social Constructivism and actor-network theory

Bridging the divide

part II|2 pages

Discourse, Interpretation and Method

chapter 6|13 pages

Identities as tactics

Exposing relational foreign policy as story

part III|2 pages

Constructivism and the Interpretive Methods of the Self

chapter 8|12 pages

When home is part of the field

Experiencing uncanniness of home in field conversations 1

chapter 9|21 pages

A reflexivity that works for us

Ethics beyond norms

chapter 10|19 pages

Feminist curiosity as method

On (limits to) tactical uses of Constructivism 1

chapter 11|13 pages

Researching within the instability of meaning

Decolonial voices and practices

chapter 13|17 pages

Tactics all the way down

The politics of exteriority in Constructivism

part IV|2 pages

Construction and the Interpretation of History and Texts

chapter 14|12 pages

How to do (differing) things with words

World-making and (or) meaning-making

chapter 15|17 pages

Stubbornly stumbling into making history

Constructivism and historical international relations

chapter |20 pages

Conclusions