Contemporary 'Dissidence' in American International Relations: The New Structure of Anti-Mainstream Scholarship?

Inanna Hamati-Ataya

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Dissidence in IR, as in any other social field, reflects both an identity and a practice of opposition to the system. While the fact of dissidence is largely manifested in its very discursive occurrence, this article attempts to go beyond the performative nature of dissidence in order to identify the collective, common ground that unites self-acclaimed dissident scholars, to understand whether they form an objectively constituted social group, and to what extent they encompass dissidence in the field. Based on the analysis of a survey sent to American IR academics, this article shows that contemporary dissidence in American IR is structured not only by its opposition to mainstream IR, but also by internal divisions between the first generation of now established Critical dissidents, and an emerging group of Constructivist scholars who do not claim, but do practice, a clearly dissident and more marginalized scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-398
Number of pages36
JournalInternational Studies Perspectives
Issue number4
Early online date23 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


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