New PDF release: Qualitative Methods in International Relations: A Pluralist

By Audie Klotz, Deepa Prakash (eds.)

We nonetheless lack functional solutions to 1 of the main uncomplicated questions in empirical research:How should still researchers interpret meanings? The participants take heavily the objectives of either post-modernist and positivist researchers, as they give specified suggestions on find out how to follow particular instruments of study and the way to avoid their inherent limitations.

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This is ‘epistemological prudence’ in research practice. Third, the researcher exists in a broader context, in a social world where privileged knowledge, such as that produced in universities, is of essence. ’ Categories and representations create their own social reality. Educational institutions are meta-fields that shape knowledge in other fields not only by producing categories but also by sanctioning careers. When scientific practices have looping effects, we need to be reflexive about what kind of ‘reality’ these research loops constitute.

Bigo concludes that insecurity has greatly increased, as a consequence of the evolving practices of security professionals. It is therefore important to be conscientious about the decision to draw boundaries. Mistakenly drawing lines may distract attention from essential practices and power relations, and hence obscure precisely the things the analysis purports to clarify. It is particularly important to watch out for two common pitfalls. The first is to draw the boundaries of the field so that the symbolic power/violence relations one aims at analyzing fall outside it.

Taking that responsibility requires recognizing that ‘getting it just right’ is a privilege itself, one best shared. For many feminists, theory and empirical work is in the largest sense collaborative (Ackerly and True 2006). Such collaboration requires sharing our dilemmas, our imperfect efforts to work through them, and our partial insights. 4 Case Selection Audie Klotz For most researchers, case selection defines method: a few cases of a particular phenomenon make a study ‘qualitative’ but a lot of cases turns it into a ‘quantitative’ analysis.

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