Who speaks? Discourse, the subject and the study of identity in international politics

  title={Who speaks? Discourse, the subject and the study of identity in international politics},
  author={C. Epstein},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={327 - 350}
  • C. Epstein
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of International Relations
  • This article aims to show the theoretical added value of focussing on discourse to study identity in international relations (IR). I argue that the discourse approach offers a more theoretically parsimonious and empirically grounded way of studying identity than approaches developed in the wake of both constructivism and the broader ‘psychological turn’. My starting point is a critique of the discipline’s understanding of the ‘self’ uncritically borrowed from psychology. Jacques Lacan’s… CONTINUE READING
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