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International Relations' Last Synthesis?: Decoupling Constructivist and Critical Approaches

J. Samuel Barkin and Laura Sjoberg


Many scholars, intentionally or unintentionally, have entangled constructivisms and critical theories in problematic ways, either by assigning a critical-theoretical politics to constructivisms or by assuming the appropriateness of constructivist epistemology and methods for critical theorizing. This book makes the argument that these connections mirror the grand theoretical syntheses of International Relations (IR) in the 1980s and 1990s, and have similar constraining effects on the possibilities of International Relations theory. These connections have been made without adequate reflection, ... More

Keywords: International Relations theory, constructivism, critical theory, synthesis, ontology, social theory, third debate, affordances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190463427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190463427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Samuel Barkin, author
University of Massachusetts Boston

Laura Sjoberg, author
University of Florida