Struggling over meanings : discourses on the EU’s international presence

Authors: Carta, CaterinaMorin, Jean-Frédéric
Abstract: The first section of this article arranges the four theoretical approaches and methods presented in the special issues – namely interpretative constructivism, post-structuralism, discursive institutionalism and critical discourse analysis – along two dimensions: (a) the role of discourse in the constitution of the world, depending on whether approaches perceive social structure as being constitutive of or constituted by discourse; and (b) interpretation of the weight of material and ideational elements in discourses. This model helps to make sense of the profound theoretical diversity that characterises analytical approaches to international relations discourse. The second section tackles the question of ‘who does the speaking’. It identifies the different voices that converge in the EU’s international choir and problematises the discursive environment that forges international discourses through the theoretical lenses of selected approaches. In the last section, the contributions to this special issue are presented.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 22 October 2013
Open Access Date: 25 March 2019
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 49 (3), 295–314 (2014)
SAGE Journals
Alternative version: 10.1177/0010836713494995
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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