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date: 14 November 2019

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With the emergence of global LGBT issues as focal points for domestic and international politics, a theoretical examination of their impact on scholarship becomes necessary in order to broaden international relations (IR) and political science and re-evaluate some of the central tenets and concepts in those disciplines. LGBT politics are often theorized in LGBT studies, which more conventionally trace the impact of such politics, but also increasingly in queer studies, which advance critical, deconstructive perspectives stemming from sexuality and gender. The author asks why LGBT and queer studies have not made earlier inroads into IR and political science, accounts for the theoretical as well as methodological challenges that LGBT politics pose for those disciplines, and highlights some of the open questions that remain to be answered in the future.

Keywords: theory, methodology, positivism, critique, LGBT studies, epistemology, critical theory, advocacy, queer theory

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