Audrey Alejandro

Audrey Alejandro
The London School of Economics and Political Science | LSE · Department of Methodology

PhD in Political Science, Sciences Po Bordeaux

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Introduction
Audrey is an International Political Sociologist, working at the crossroads of International Relations, Sociology and Political Science. She researches discourse and knowledge, the role they play in society and world politics, how scholars can apprehend their effects and what it takes to produce discourses and knowledge that help to create a world consistent with our objectives and values. https://www.audreyalejandro.com/

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Despite the imperative to pay attention to the words we use as a routine dimension of research, the methodological and pedagogical tools illustrating how to work on our own use of language are largely missing within and beyond international relations (IR). To address this gap, we develop a method—the “Reflexive Review”—which adds a linguistic and r...
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Following qualitative researchers’ growing interest in reflexivity, a body of scholarship has emerged that aims to turn informal practices for reflexivity into methods that can be learnt and taught alongside other research practices. This literature, however, has focused on helping researchers become more reflexive toward their situatedness and pos...
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How can we explain Central and Eastern Europe's (CEE) relative absence in the 'worlding International Relations'(IR) conversation? What does provincializing the discipline from CEE might look like? I argue that CEE has been relatively neglected in the 'worlding IR' literature 1) due to local factors, 2) because it might have been turned into an 'un...
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"Discourses of diversity are all too often used to justify both the hubris of thinking that we know all that there is to know, and the violence we create when this way of thinking is hidden within well-meaning yet often hurtful moves to embrace difference." Article fully available online here: https://rdcu.be/colKT
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Whether you are a teacher teaching qualitative research methods or a student learning methodology, this blog post aims to help you answer the questions people learning how to code qualitative data always ask. Full text available: https://www.audreyalejandro.com/blog---the-methodological-artist/coding-qualitative-data-am-doing-it-the-right-way
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Full text available at: https://www.audreyalejandro.com/blog---the-methodological-artist/category/online-teaching
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The visibility of non-Western theories, concepts, and ideas has increased in the field of International Relations (IR) in the last decade due to the postcolonial critiques of the Eurocentrism of IR and the ongoing calls for diversity. As a result, IR has been enriched with new concepts and theories from across the world. This workshop builds upon t...
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What is the relationship between ‘the national’ and ‘the international’ in regards to the internationalisation and diversification of IR ? The fourth chapter deconstructs the implicit relationship between the commonly used categories of thought: ‘the national’ and ‘the international’. It offers a decentred account of IR in Brazil and India to show...
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What are the social effects of the narrative of Western dominance’s anti-Eurocentric Eurocentric discourse on the field of IR? The first four chapters demonstrate that the narrative of Western dominance is Eurocentric according to the three dimensions of Eurocentrism identified in the Introduction. Chapter 5 exposes how the narrative of Western do...
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What are the conditions determining the internationalisation of IR publications ? The third chapter investigates the factors determining the internationalisation of IR research in Brazil and India. Thus, it questions the fact that the internationalisation of IR from ‘the Global South’ is prevented by ‘Western’ scholars. Contrary to the assumptions...
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How did critical scholars exclude themselves from their object of inquiry, and what did I do to include myself back into the analysis? Chapter 6 offers a reflexive account of three of the endeavours I undertook to produce an alternative discourse to the narrative of Western dominance. I argue that the core reason explaining the recursive paradox i...
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Do Indian and Brazilian IR scholars aim to publish in foreign IR journals? The second chapter assesses the position of Indian and Brazilian scholars regarding the internationalisation of their publications. Thus, it questions the implicit consensus that ‘scholars from the Global South’ naturally aspire to publish abroad. First, it investigates the...
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Is IR as diverse as the critical literature assumes it to be, and do such differences represent comparative disadvantages for the internationalisation of publications? The first chapter questions the way ‘difference’ and ‘local specificities’ are addressed by the critical literature. It challenges the assumption that ‘scholars from the Global Sout...
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The narrative of Western dominance describes IR as a field organised around national traditions. It denounces the existence of Eurocentric international gatekeeping practices that silence the voices of ‘scholars from the Global South’ and prevent the internationalisation of their publications. Such gate-keeping practices would prevent scholars from...
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In this chapter, we provide a conceptualization of Europe, aiming to contribute to ambitions of mapping the pluralistic universalism of international political thought globally. To this end, we study European intellectual traditions not with the intention to create an enclosed space which separates itself from other spaces, but our understanding of...
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In this chapter, we argue what we understand as tradition. Traditions have historical roots and origins. As a theoretical tradition is nothing without theorists to constitute, reproduce and change it, we also focus on the contributions of individual theorists. And traditions, like history, are characterized by both continuities and discontinuities...
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In this chapter, we spell out what we mean by reconstruction. The purpose of reconstructing the theoretical traditions including their main characteristics, origins and trajectories as they have evolved in Europe in the twentieth century is threefold: providing concise accounts of broad lines of development and major changes and continuities over t...
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This chapter explores how reflexivity represents a promising tool to improve the global circulation of IR. Taking as a starting point the literature highlighting scholars’ responsibility regarding the social and political effects of their discourses, it shows how making explicit the socio-historical conditions of academic productions contributes to...
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This chapter examines the debates about IR’s disciplinary status. It argues that despite the numerous critiques, IR is a discipline and operates as such in numerous different parts of the globe. In doing so, this chapter explores the different definitions of what it means to be a discipline and argues that based on a structural and sociological acc...
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This chapter positions the book series in the context of the growing concerns of the lack of diversity in IR. Since the 1980s, scholars have been addressing this challenge by mapping “Global IR” and promoting pluralism in the discipline. In comparison with “scholars from the Global South”, European IR scholars still have to properly engage with the...
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This chapter asks the question “what does it mean to be hegemonic” in the discipline of IR? It argues that there are two common modes of being hegemonic; an IR community exercises its hegemonic position institutionally and/or intellectually. Exploring the different ways in which an IR community can be hegemonic, this chapter makes the claim that th...
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in Hellmann, Gunther and ValbjØrn, Morten. (2017) Problematizing Global Challenges: Recalibrating the “Inter” in IR-Theory. International Studies Review, doi: 10.1093/isr/vix009
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A more advanced version of the argument defended in this paper is presented in my book Western Dominance in International Relations? The internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India (chapter 2 and pp. 115-118).
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Full text available at http://www.e-ir.info/2016/09/17/walking-the-reflexive-talk/
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Many Chinese economic actors in Africa have come under harsh criticism for the alleged environmental impact of their activities. This impact is not always documented, is uneven across the continent, and should be compared to that of business actors from other countries—in particular from the OECD. One major factor accounts for the recorded differen...

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The visibility of non-Western theories, concepts, and ideas has increased in the field of International Relations (IR) in the last decade due to the postcolonial critiques of the Eurocentrism of IR and the ongoing calls for diversity. As a result, IR has been enriched with new concepts and theories from across the world. This project builds upon this rich academic output, but shifts the focus from a further expansion of non-Western approaches to a focus on non-Western agency in world politics.
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This project aims to popularise the use of discourse analysis through demonstrating how to use this method in combination with non-textual method of data collection and analysis.
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This project aims to take reflexivity beyond meta-statements about positionality to develop methods that enable to learn and teach reflexivity alongside other research practice