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CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN: HISTORY IN CONSTRUCTIVIST IR SCHOLARSHIP

Halvard Leira, Benjamin de Carvalho

Abstract


Abstract

In this article we seek to understand how succeeding generations of constructivists have invoked history to exact narratives of change within IR. We make the case that there is a move from a first generation where history served primarily to undermine generalised and ahistorical mainstream arguments through a second generation where history was providing data to undercut specific mainstream stories, replacing them with their own largely progressive stories, to a third generation where history is embraced for its own purpose, where history is seen as more open-ended and contingent. This has been a move from the general to the particular and from a meta-critique of the mainstream through accommodation with the mainstream, to a more localised opposition against the mainstream.

Keywords: constructivism, history, historiography, international relations theory

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Bibliography: Leira, Halvard/de Carvalho, Benjamin: Construction Time Again: History in Constructivist IR Scholarship, ERIS, 3-2016, pp. 99-111. https://doi.org/10.3224/eris.v3i3.27346

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