Reflections on the Czech Discipline of IR: A Bourdieuian Perspective

  • Petr Drulák
Keywords: Bourdieu, Czech discipline of international relations, sociology of science, field, capital, communism, theory


This article deals with the Czech discipline of International Relations addressing its recent historical evolution as well as its current state. It relies on the concepts of field, capital, doxa and habitus developed by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. It argues that the discipline was founded in the late 1950s as a part of the political field, entering the field of science as late as the 1990s. Therefore, the main dichotomies of the field were defined politically for most of the time, e.g. reformist communists vs. orthodox communists or anti-communists vs. communists. Nowadays, the dichotomy refers to the role of theory, which splits empirical and descriptive research from theoretically oriented research. This analysis also takes into account the professional trajectory of the author and his embedded position within the discipline.

Author Biography

Petr Drulák