The Generality and Exclusivity of International Political Sociology: A Response to Jan Daniel and Dagmar Rychnovská

  • Jakub Eberle
Keywords: International Political Sociology, critical security studies, discourse, practice, exclusion


The paper responds to Jan Daniel and Dagmar Rychnovská’s article from Mezinárodní vztahy 1/2015, whose aim was to establish International Political Sociology (IPS) as a specific strand within critical security studies. This project is criticised in the paper for three reasons. First, the definition of IPS through common features is so general that most critical research could fit in the IPS category. Second, the attempt to define IPS by negation is grounded in a distorted image of discursive approaches to international politics. Third, the label is deployed in a way that excludes a range of related authors not only from IPS, but even from the ‘main currents’ of critical security studies. Rather than being an analytical category, IPS is thus more like a political tool through which a distorted and exclusionary image of the discipline is being constructed.

Author Biography

Jakub Eberle

Born in 1986, he is an external associate of the Institute of International Relations and a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Warwick. He specializes in discourse theory, international relations theory and foreign policy of Germany and the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of Charles University and the University of St Andrews. He is also a member of the Association for International Affairs.