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A Turning IR Landscape in a Shifting Media Ecology: The State of IR Literature on New Media
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4266-7973
2019 (English)In: International Studies Review, ISSN 1521-9488, E-ISSN 1468-2486, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 518-534Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Each year the prevalence of digitized information becomes more entrenched, not least with the amount of activity on social media. Yet, new media studies pose a number of challenges to international relations scholarship, which are only beginning to be addressed. With some exceptions IR scholars who conduct this research tend to rely on traditional qualitative methods and have been hesitant to embrace interdisciplinary collaboration-especially with those disciplines outside of the social sciences-as well as methodological pluralism across interpretive and quantitative approaches within the social sciences. This tendency shows a general lack of understanding of what new/social media might mean, not only as a source of and tool for generating information but also as a structural factor in how we conduct IR research and practice international relations. In this way, social media can provoke IR scholars to ask questions about their own discipline. This article aims to address these challenges and to provide suggestions on how to bring structural aspects of new media into IR research. In particular, it incorporates ideas centered on the shifting media ecology as fundamental to examining these structural challenges in terms of practicing international relations and in the visual turn in IR.

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2019. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 518-534
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interdisciplinary, methodological pluralism, new media
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176767DOI: 10.1093/isr/viy046ISI: 000492900800009PubMedID: 29846700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176767DiVA, id: diva2:1377174
Available from: 2019-12-11 Created: 2019-12-11 Last updated: 2019-12-16Bibliographically approved

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