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The International Relations Discipline in France

Book Description

Why is the French International Relations (IR) discipline different from the transnational-American discipline? By analysing argument structures in research articles across time, this book shows how the discipline in France is caught between the American character of the discipline and the French state as regulator of legitimate forms of expression. Concretely, French research arguments are less explicit about what their propositions are and what academic discussions they draw on and add to than their transnational-American counterparts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. List of figures
  6. List of tables
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. 1 Introduction and method
    1. Introduction
    2. The paradoxical case of French IR
    3. Inter/national: French versus transnational-American IR
    4. How the argument is construed
    5. Chapter overviews including methods and sources
  10. 2 Theory: legitimate forms of expression
    1. Towards a political sociology of legitimate forms of expression
    2. The meta-IR debate: proposal for a structure
    3. A heuristic model of variables in national IR disciplines
    4. Form and the domestic internal-external dynamic
    5. Archaeology: socially dependent knowledge production
    6. Domestic-external variables: contents and dynamics
    7. Moving from content to form
    8. Social science between science and literature, university and the public sphere
    9. Genre as sociological structure: contrastive rhetoric and composition studies
    10. Conclusion
  11. 3 Less Lego: French IR origins and arguments in a comparative perspective
    1. The differentiation of academic from societal discourses
    2. Discourses on the “international”
    3. Institutional origins of French IR
    4. Media for academic knowledge production in French political science
    5. French versus Scandinavian integration into transnational-American IR
    6. Sixty years of IR research practice compared
    7. Justification of data sets, methods of selection
    8. Findings
    9. Conclusion
  12. 4 Close readings: dissertational patterns versus Lego science
    1. Theory: linguistic turn/turn to practice/epistemology
    2. Contrastive rhetoric
    3. Contrastive studies on the French language
    4. Characteristics of the “dissertation”
    5. The dissertation versus the modern social science research article
    6. Examples of standardisation including style manuals
    7. Progressive Lego convergence: transnational-American examples
    8. Close reading of French research practice
    9. Referencing through allusions
    10. Concluding sections
    11. Absent or weak thesis statements
    12. Thesis statements with qualifiers
    13. Identifications of theoretical ramifications
    14. Conclusion
  13. 5 Writing like a state
    1. High culture as state in practice
    2. The continuity of the French state as aristocratic Republicanism
    3. The reproduction of literary Cartesianism
    4. The political sociology of a genre
  14. 6 Conclusion: French IR and social science writing between state and discipline
    1. The troubled methodological origins of IR as a discipline
    2. Future perspectives
  15. Notes
  16. References
  17. Index