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New materialisms, discourse analysis, and international relations: a radical intertextual approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Review of International Studies, ISSN 0260-2105, E-ISSN 1469-9044, Vol. 41, no 1, 3-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates the recent ‘New Materialisms’ turn in social and politicalthought and asks what the potential theoretical and methodological significance might be forthe study of International Relations (IR). To do so we return to debates about the theoreticalstatus of discourse in IR as it is in this context that the question of materiality – particularly asit relates to language – has featured prominently in recent years. While the concept of discourseis increasingly narrow in IR, the ‘New Materialisms’ literature emphasises the politicalforce of materiality beyond language and representation. However, a move to reprioritise thepolitics of materiality over that of language and representation is equally problematic sinceit perpetuates rather than challenges the notion of a prior distinction between language andmateriality. In response, we draw on earlier poststructural thought in order to displace thisdichotomy and articulate an extended understanding of what analysing ‘discourse’ mightmean in the study of IR.

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2015. Vol. 41, no 1, 3-25 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107452DOI: 10.1017/S0260210514000163ISI: 000346186300002OAI: diva2:747216
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-16 Last updated: 2015-01-22Bibliographically approved

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