Research Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction


This new textbook surveys new and emergent methods for doing research in critical security studies, thereby filling a large gap in the literature of this emerging field.

New or critical security studies is growing as a field, but still lacks a clear methodology; the diverse range of the main foci of study (culture, practices, language, or bodies) means that there is little coherence or conversation between these four schools or approaches.

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This new textbook surveys new and emergent methods for doing research in critical security studies, thereby filling a large gap in the literature of this emerging field.

New or critical security studies is growing as a field, but still lacks a clear methodology; the diverse range of the main foci of study (culture, practices, language, or bodies) means that there is little coherence or conversation between these four schools or approaches.

In this ground-breaking collection of fresh and emergent voices, new methods in critical security studies are explored from multiple perspectives, providing practical examples of successful research design and methodologies. Drawing upon their own experiences and projects, thirty-three authors address the following turns over the course of six comprehensive sections:

  • Part I: Research Design
  • Part II: The Ethnographic Turn
  • Part III: The Practice Turn
  • Part IV: The Discursive Turn
  • Part V: The Corporeal Turn
  • Part VI: The Material Turn

This book will be essential reading for upper-level students and researchers in the field of critical security studies, and of much interest to students of sociology, ethnography and IR.

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"Finally, critical security studies has its own methodological handbook. It is not only extremely broad in scope, applying methods ranging from participant observation to interviews to discourse analysis, and discussing research design, ethnography, empiricism and writing. But it is also refreshingly reflexive in its approach. Its exploration of method is intimately bound to an advancement of theory, and a critical reflection on the role of the researcher in this sensitive – and often secretive –domain. It is indispensable reading for researchers and students alike, and promises to take this important field of research to a new level."– Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

'This textbook moves critical security studies forward in important ways by restoring "methodology" to the full sense of concept and rescuing it from the narrowness imposed by mainstream social science.— Roxanne Lynn Doty, Arizona State University, USA

'Wide-ranging and yet systematic, rigorous and yet pluralistic, this volume makes a crucial contribution toward developing innovative methodologies able to terms with the rapidly changing politics of contemporary security. Combining sophisticated conceptual overviews with illustrations of specific research designs in practice, it is a remarkably valuable resource for students and researchers, as well as an inspiring tour d’ horizon of cutting-edge research.' — Michael C Williams, University of Ottawa, Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415535403
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/11/2012
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Mark B. Salter is Professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is editor of Mapping Transatlantic Security Relations (Routledge 2010), and author of Rights of Passage: The Passport in International Relations (2003) and Barbarians and Civilization in International Relations (2002).

Can E. Mutlu is a PhD candidate (ABD) at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the Communications Director of the International Political Sociology Section of the International Studies Association(IPS-ISA).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Mark B. Salter Part I: Research Design Research Design: Introduction, Mark B. Salter 2. Wondering as Research Attitude, Luis Lobo-Guerrero 3. Criticality, Xavier Guillaume 4. Do You Have What it Takes? Accounting For Emotional and Material Capacities, Anne-Marie D’Aoust 5. Attuning To Mess, Vicki Squire 6. Empiricism Without Positivism: King Lear and Critical Security Studies, Andrew W. Neal 7. Engaging Collaborative Writing Critically, Miguel De Larrinaga and Marc G. Doucet Part II: Ethnographic Turn The Ethnographic Turn: Introduction, Mark B. Salter 8. Travelling with Ethnography, Wanda Vrasti 9. Reflexive Inquiry, Rahel Kunz 10. Listening to Migrant Stories, Heather L. Johnson 11. Learning by Feeling, Jesse Crane-Seeber 12. How Participant Observation Contributes to the Study Of (In)Security Practices in Conflict Zones, Jean-François Ratelle 13. Dissident Sexualities and the State, Megan Daigle Part III: Practice Turn The Practice Turn: Introduction, Mark B. Salter 14. The Practice of Writing, Hannah R. Hughes 15. Researching Anti-Deportation: Socialization as Method, Peter Nyers 16. Act Different, Think Dispositif, Philippe Bonditti 17. Expertise in the Aviation Security Field, Mark B. Salter 18. Testifying While Critical: Notes on Being an Effective Gadfly, Benjamin J. Muller Part IV: Discursive Turn The Discursive Turn: Introduction, Can E. Mutlu And Mark B. Salter 19. Archives, Luis Lobo-Guerrero 20. Legislative Practices, Andrew W. Neal 21. Medicine And The Psy Disciplines, Alison Howell 22. Speech Act Theory, Juha A. Vuori Part V: The Corporeal Turn The Corporeal Turn: Introduction, Can E. Mutlu 23. Affect at the Airport, Philippe M. Frowd And Christopher C. Leite 24. Emotional Optics, Can E. Mutlu 25. Affective Terrain: Approaching the Field in Aamjiwnaang, Sarah Marie Wiebe 26. Theorizing the Body in IR, Rosemary E. Shinko 27. Reading the Maternal Body as Political Event, Tina Managhan 28. Corporeal Migratio, Tarja Väyrynen Part VI: The Material Turn The Material Turn: Introduction, Can E. Mutlu 29. Infrastructure, Claudia Aradau 30. The Internet As Evocative Infrastructure, Nisha Shah 31. The Study Of Drones As Objects Of Security: Targeted Killing As Military Strategy, David Grondin 32. Objects Of Security/Objects Of Research: Analyzing Non-Lethal Weapons, Seantel Anaïs 33. Pictoral Texts, Juha A. Vuori 34. Tracing Human Security Assemblages, Nadine Voelkner

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