Historical Representations

Part of the Research Methods Series book series (REMES)


I am most interested in how certain social identities are constructed, and how they make certain practices possible but others unthinkable. Like Roxanne Doty, I examine ‘how meanings are produced and attached to various social subjects and objects, thus constituting particular interpretive dispositions that create certain possibilities and preclude others’ (1996: 4). I am less interested in ‘what’ questions, since these often prompt historical narratives that mistakenly assume a simple linearity of events. I am also less interested in ‘why’ questions, which tend to assume that a certain set of choices and answers pre-exist. Rather, we should investigate how those options and the larger possibilities of action get established. Doing so allows for greater understanding of the processes and interactions within international relations.


International Relation Popular Culture Political Elite Terra Firma Historical Moment 
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