Semantic Apparatus – What is a minor international theory? On the limits of ‘Critical International Relations’

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Nicholas Michelsen

This article argues that ‘Critical International Relations’, often counterpoised to ‘mainstream IR’, has come to function as a major theoretical category in its own right. It argues that critique involves ‘minor theorising’, defined as the practice of disturbing settled theoretical assumptions in the discipline. The article examines the role and significance of ‘minor theories’ in the context of ongoing debates about Critical IR. It argues that critique is defined by context, and is politically and ethically ambiguous. The article concludes that the scope for critique could be advanced if the terms ‘Critical IR’ and ‘Critical IR Scholar’ are dropped from scholarly parlance.

Publication: Journal of International Political Theory (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Oct 6, 2020 Doi:

Keywords: Critical IR, critique, International Relations, minor theory (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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