The International Political Sociology of Security
Rethinking Theory and Practice
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
Series: New International Relations
Theory and Practice as Capital argues that International Relations needs to add a sociological approach geared to understanding different types of practices, in order to be able to engage with the theory/practice question beyond philosophical statements.
The book translates the abstract question of theory and practice into an empirical question of specific types of scientific practices. It shows they are linked to political practice in specified fields.
Drawing on the work of Pierre Bordieu, the book reformulates the history and practice of European security, and gives new insights into the relationships between theory, practice, science and policy. Theory as Practice and Capital will be of interest to students and scholars of interntional relations, security studies and critical theory.
1. Introduction: The Impossibility of Detached Science 2. Concepts of Theory and Practice 3. A Sociology of IR: Doxic Battles and the (Re)Creation of a Field 4. The European Security Field: Capital and Agency 5. Mapping European Security: Practical Patterns of Interaction 6. Doxic Battles in European Security: The Mobilisation and Redefinition of Capital 7. Conclusion: The Power Struggle of European Theory and Practice
Trine Berling holds a postdoctoral position at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen.