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The search for dialogue as a hindrance to understanding: practices as inter-paradigmatic research program

Ringmar, Erik LU (2014) In International Theory 6(1). p.1-27
Abstract
In a recent article Emanuel Adler and Vincent Pouliot argued that attention to 'practices' could help IR scholars overcome ontological gaps and provide a new basis, on which the discipline could be established. Four such dichotomies are particularly salient: between the material and the meaningful, the rational and the practical, between agencies and structures, and between the forces of stability and of change. By failing to provide a theoretical basis for a synthesis, however, this project will fail. What a 'practice' is, and how ontological gaps should be understood, cannot be determined outside of the context of a theory. The article reviews theoretical attempts to deal with the dichotomies Adler and Pouliot identified and investigates... (More)
In a recent article Emanuel Adler and Vincent Pouliot argued that attention to 'practices' could help IR scholars overcome ontological gaps and provide a new basis, on which the discipline could be established. Four such dichotomies are particularly salient: between the material and the meaningful, the rational and the practical, between agencies and structures, and between the forces of stability and of change. By failing to provide a theoretical basis for a synthesis, however, this project will fail. What a 'practice' is, and how ontological gaps should be understood, cannot be determined outside of the context of a theory. The article reviews theoretical attempts to deal with the dichotomies Adler and Pouliot identified and investigates the role of practices in the study of international relations. (Less)
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practices, practice theory, tacit knowledge, Pierre Bourdieu, ontology, paradigm
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International Theory
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6
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1 - 27
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Cambridge University Press
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1752-9719
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10.1017/S1752971913000316
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English
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  keyword      = {practices,practice theory,tacit knowledge,Pierre Bourdieu,ontology,paradigm},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--27},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {International Theory},
  title        = {The search for dialogue as a hindrance to understanding: practices as inter-paradigmatic research program},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1752971913000316},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2014},
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