Maéva Clément and Eric Sangar (Eds): Researching Emotions in International Relations

NEW YORK: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2018, 353 PAGES, ISBN: 978-3-319-65574-1 (IIR LIBRARY SIGNATURE 62 406)

  • Martin Petlach Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, martin.petlach@mendelu.cz

Abstract

This edited volume is the first to discuss the methodological implications of the ‘emotional turn’ in International Relations. While emotions have become of increasing interest to IR theory, methodological challenges have yet to receive proper attention. Acknowledging the pluralityof ontological positions, concepts and theories about the role of emotions in world politics, this volume presents and discusses various ways to research emotions empirically. Based on concrete research projects, the chapters demonstrate how social-scientific and humanitiesoriented methodological approaches can be successfully adapted to the study of emotions in IR. The volume covers a diverse set of both well-established and innovative methods, including discourse analysis, ethnography, narrative, and visual analysis. Through a hands-on approach, each chapter sheds light on practical challenges and opportunities, as well as lessons learnt for future research. The volume is an invaluable resource for advanced graduate and postgraduate students as well as scholars interested in developing their own empirical research on the role of emotions.

Author Biography

Martin Petlach, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, martin.petlach@mendelu.cz

Martin Petlach is Research Fellow at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. He previously read Political Science, International Relations and European Studies at Palacky University. He has also stayed and studied, for instance, in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, and Malaysia. The research areas he specialises in are of three sorts since his academic work focusses on neuropolitics and the corresponding neuroethical issues, diplomatic studies, and comparative politics with an accent on Malaysia and the Far East. His pioneering book on elections and democracy in Malaysia was issued in 2019.

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