Critical Methods in Political and Cultural Economy offers students and scholars the first methods book for the critical school of International Political Economy (IPE). What does it mean to ‘do’ critical research? How do we write about the evidence we present? This volume explores our shared critical ethic to demonstrate how methods are transformative and reimagines research strategies as both an embodied practice and a social process.
By presenting methodologically informed ways of researching, enriched by real-life accounts from academics doing empirical research, the volume seeks to forge a new collaborative path that builds a critical ethic and modes of inquiry within International Political Economy. Substantive chapters advance the pluralism of the critical school of cultural political economy and seek to articulate its nascent research ethic. Short autobiographical vignettes articulate the professional journeys of contributors who ‘do’ critical political economy. There is practical advice on how to develop evidence from an iterative reflexive research strategy. Using this innovative format offers a guide to methods in critical political economy by engaging directly with the people doing research, not only as technical practice but also as lived experience.
The combination of research and practice presented throughout the book offers an extensive and authoritative framework for evaluating how methods are part of critical research and will be essential reading for all students and scholars of IPE.
About the Author
Johnna Montgomerie is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Political Economy Research Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Reimagining Critical Methods, Johnna Montgomerie
Self-Reflections on ‘The Methods Question’ in Feminist IR/IPE, Anne Sisson Runyan
Tea and Text: Cultivated Intuition as Methodological Process, Naeem Inayatullah and David Blaney
Norms, political economy and serendipity: thinking pragmatically about IPE, Christopher May
Chapter 2 – Forging New Paths in the Critical SchoolJohnna Montgomerie
Redemptive Political Economy, Robbie Shilliam
Investigating Those You Love: Labour and Global Governance, Demitris Stevis
Discourse, Nature and Critical Political Economy, John Hultgren
Chapter 3 – Developing a language of methods in the critical school, Johnna Montgomerie
Agility, Intersectionality, and Deliberation, Kia Hall
(Dis)embodied Methodology in International Political Economy, Nicola J. Smith
Critical Methodology and the Problem of History, Samuel Knafo
Chapter 4 – Iterative Reflexive Research Strategy, Johnna Montgomerie
Doing Research in the Shadows of the Global Political Economy, Nicola Phillips
Reflections on the Archive as Critical Resource, Chris Rogers
Qualitative Research Practice and Critical Political Economy, Ian Bruff
Chapter 5 – On Evidence and Corroboration, Johnna Montgomerie
Everyday Economic Narratives, Liam Stanley
Network Analysis and Critical Political Economy, Matthew Paterson
Conclusion, Johnna Montgomerie