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.
Johnna Montgomerie is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Political Economy Research Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
1. Reimagining Critical Methods 2. Asking Questions-A Methodology of Inquiry 3. Transformative Methodologies 4. Embodied Methodologies 5. Methods as Tools 6. Methods as Devices Conclusion: Creative Cultural Political Economy Vignettes from: Naeem Inayatullah and David Blaney, "Tea and Text: Cultivated Intuition as Methodological Process" Anne Sisson Runyan, "Self-Reflections on `The Methods Question' in Feminist IR/IPE" Dimitris Stevis, "Investigating Those You Love: Labour and Global Governance" Samuel Knafo, "Critical Methodology and the Problem of History" Nicola J. Smith, "(Dis)embodied Methodology in IPE" Robbie Shilliam, "Redemptive Political Economy" Chris Rogers, "Reflections on the Archive as Critical Resource" Nicola Phillips, "Doing Research in the Shadows of the Global Political Economy" Ian Bruff, "Qualitative Research Practice and Critical Political Economy" John Hulgren, "Discourse, Nature and Critical Political Economy" Liam Stanley, "Everyday Economic Narratives" Matthew Paterson, "Network and Critical Political Economy"