The ‘Truth’ About Pakistan: Knowledge Production and Circulation in International Relations

  • Ahmed W. WaheedEmail author


This chapter argues that even though research in International Relations has often sought to explore how representational identities are constructed, they have seldom analyzed the processes within the International Relations community through which these identities are produced and circulated to the wider International Relations community. The chapter analyzes the discourse on Pakistan by exploring the knowledge-production processes through which the International Relations community has come to ‘know’ Pakistan. Instead this study investigates another question. How is the meaning of Pakistan fixed or stabilized via practices of the International Relations community? The chapter initially explores top journals in the field of International Relations and analyzes dominant trends in the study of Pakistan. Through an analysis of these academic contributions the chapter firstly explains how knowledge-production processes and their intrinsic connection to pedagogy become conduits for the circulation of truth and in doing so implicitly construct the representational identity of Pakistan. Secondly, the chapter analyzes how knowledge on Pakistan is circulated in policy thinking by academics pursuing policy-proximate roles. Finally, a discourse analysis of the most cited texts on Pakistan in International Relations Journals unveils the discursive construction of Pakistan’s identity.


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  1. 1.Centre for International Peace & StabilityNational University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabadPakistan

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