Queering IR Constructivism

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In Nick Onuf’s (1998: 58) “Constructivism: A User’s Manual,” he suggests that “constructivism is a way of studying social relations – any kind of social relations.” Sexuality theorists Ann Pellegrini and Janet Jakobsen (2005, 432)cargue that “sex is a social relation out of which people can, in their practice of sex, create values along with pleasures, intimacies, kinships, and also pain, sadness, and sometimes loss.” With or without this description, I think it would be largely uncontroversial to contend that one could study sex and sexuality with a constructivist orientation, and that there are productive research questions that could be gained from taking a constructivist approach to the queer in global politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Art of World-Making
Subtitle of host publicationNicholas Greenwood Onuf and his Critics
EditorsHarry Gould
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315268934
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • gender
  • international relations
  • queer IR
  • queer theory
  • feminist IR

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