Devin, Guillaume.

Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations. - 1 online resource (199 pages) - eBooks on Demand The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy Ser. . - The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy Ser. .

Intro -- Preface -- Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Table -- Part I: Preliminary Reflections Open for Discussion -- Chapter 1: Describing, Representing, Interpreting -- Description as a Phase of Research -- A Rich Tradition -- Description as Analysis -- Description as Practice -- Representation Through Artifacts -- Interpreting -- Explaining and Understanding -- Meticulous Interpretation -- Bibliography -- Chapter 2: Constructing Subjects and Comparison in International Relations Studies -- The Idiographic Approach and Its Limits -- Nomothetic Comparison -- The "Comparative" Method Contextualized -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Part II: Discussing Some Resources and How to Deal with Them -- Chapter 3: Consulting Foreign Affairs Archives in France and America -- French Archives -- American Archives -- Advice Regarding How to Deal with Diplomatic Documents -- Bibliography -- Chapter 4: Taking Images Seriously, How to Analyze Them? -- Constituting a Visual Documentary Corpus -- Identifying the Image Production Chain -- Letting Images "Speak for Themselves" -- Semiological and Aesthetic Methods -- The Cognitive Method -- The Iconographic Method -- Measuring How Images Are Circulated and Received -- Evaluating Spatial and Media Dissemination -- Describing How Images Are Received -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 5: Imagining and Representing the Spatial Aspect of Actors and Societies -- A Short History of the Social Uses of Cartography -- Knowledge and Ancient Points of Reference -- Medieval Beliefs -- Navigating and Territorializing -- Administrating -- Iconizing -- A Tool for Mobile Individuals -- Cartography and Social Sciences -- From Vidal to the Quantitativists -- Elsewhere in the Social Sciences -- Semiology of Graphics -- Production Chain -- Representing Mobility: Stock or Flow? The Example of International Migration. What Does the Data on Migration Indicate? -- Scale Levels and Their Interpretations -- Determining the Rate and Geography of French Arms Exports -- Data on the Military Industry: The Domain of Think Tanks -- Units of Account and Time -- The Value of Maps in International Relations Research -- Defining the Theme/Subject and Identifying/Framing It -- Data Searching, Preliminary Processing and Validating the Hypotheses -- Formatting for Postdoctoral Drafting and Publishing -- Bibliography -- The History of Representations -- Graphic Semiology and Cartography Manuals -- Books or Atlases that Include the Geo/Cartographic Dimension in Their Thinking -- Chapter 6: The UN Internet Portal, Institutional Multilateralism Caught in the Web -- "Page Under Construction": Endowing the UN with a Virtual Identity -- Assessing the Diversity of Resources Available -- Finding Documents on the Site -- Unweaving the UN Web Through Comparison -- Bibliography -- Websites -- Part III: Going Out in the Field -- Chapter 7: The Field Study -- Tricks of the Trade in International Field Studies -- Preparing -- First Steps in the Field -- Types of Participation: Potential and Limits on Choosing How to Access the Field -- What to Observe? -- Challenges in a Fieldwork -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 8: Interviews in International Relations -- Structural Constraints -- Secrecy -- Asymmetry -- Languages -- Interviews and Research Design -- Identifying Respondents -- Defining the Functions of the Interview -- Interview Practices -- Ways of Gaining Access and Self-Presentation -- Observing, Questioning and Reacting -- Using Interviews: Scientificity and Deontology Issues -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Part IV: What Quantitative Methods Can Bring Us -- Chapter 9: Examples of Quantitative Data Processing in International Relations. Premises and Position of Quantitative Methods in the Discipline -- International Negotiations -- Violence -- International Institutions -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 10: Multiple Correspondence Analysis in International Relations -- A Dense and Conflict-Ridden Transnational Microcosm -- Exploring Social Contexts Through MCA -- Building Data on International Projects -- The Security Context on Central Asian Borders -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 11: On Words and Discourse: From Quantitative to Qualitative -- Importing Lexicometric Methods -- Tools for Analyzing Texts -- Choosing and Preparing the Corpus -- Limits -- A Comparison of State of the Union Addresses by George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- Importing Methods of Political Theory -- The Exegetic Method of the Classics -- The Analogical Method of Marxism -- The Cambridge School Method of Historical Inquiry -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 12: Classifying, Ordering, Quantifying -- Understanding What Is Measured: The Necessary Detour Through Definitions -- Conflict Databases -- "Measuring Conflict": What Are We Talking About? -- Producing Knowledge About "Conflicts" -- A Single Number: War and Peace Through the Prism of Composite Indicators -- Statistical Projection of Theoretical Models -- Producing and Diffusing Expertise -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index.


International relations--Research--Methodology.

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