International Political Sociology: Researching the Practice of Security

  • Jan Daniel
  • Dagmar Rychnovská
Keywords: International Political Sociology, security practices, securitization, methodology, field analysis


Critical security studies have become increasingly popular among Czech scholars, but most studies in this field are based on securitization theory and other discursive approaches to security analysis. This paper argues for broadening the scope of theoretical approaches to security studies and introduces International Political Sociology as a promising strand of research in this respect. International Political Sociology is based on the study of security as practice, and offers a more complex understanding of how security is constructed and performed. The article discusses the theoretical roots of this approach, reviews the main strands of contemporary International Political Sociology research, and introduces its analytical tools. Finally, the paper critically reflects on the theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of International Political Sociology and outlines possible avenues for this research in the Central European context.

Author Biographies

Jan Daniel

Born in 1987, he is a researcher at the Institute of International Relations and a PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Studies of the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. He completed a master's degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, and before that, his undergraduate studies were in International Relations and Security Studies, also at Masaryk University. Academically he focuses on armed non-state actors, hybrid security regimes, the Middle East, international political sociology and critical theory of security. During his studies, he completed internships and study abroad programmes in Berlin, Beirut and Bologna.

Dagmar Rychnovská

Born in 1987, she is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Institute of Political Studies at Charles University in Prague. She completed graduate programs in Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zurich) and Law and Politics of International Security (VU University Amsterdam). In her research she focuses on innovations in the safety regulation of science that are associated with the regime of prohibition of biological weapons. Other areas of her research interest include critical security studies and security and technology.