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date: 18 February 2020

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Constructivists employ a characteristic set of mainly qualitative methods in their work on international security. Over time, they have come—theoretically—to focus centrally on process; this has put a premium on methods that can capture and measure it. In early constructivist work, methods were not a high priority—but this has changed for the better. Unfortunately for these scholars, the social science world around them has not stood still. A revolution in qualitative methods means that constructivist students of international security will—methodologically—need in the future “to run harder simply to stay in place.”

Keywords: methods, conventional constructivism, interpretive constructivism, process, practice, ethnography, discourse, interviews, mechanism

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