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What's Queer about Political Science?

Lee, Donna, Smith, Nicola J. (2014) What's Queer about Political Science? British Journal of Politics and International Relations, . ISSN 1467-856X. (doi:10.1111/1467-856X.12037)

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There is something queer (by which we mean strange) going on in the scholarly practice of political science. Why are political science scholars continuing to disregard issues of gender and sexuality – and in particular queer theory – in their lecture theatres, seminar rooms, textbooks, and journal articles? Such everyday issues around common human experience are considered by other social scientists to be central to the practice and theory of social relations. In this article we discuss how these commonplace issues are being written out of (or, more accurately, have never been written in to) contemporary political science. First, we present and discuss our findings on citation practice in order to evidence the queerness of what does and does not get cited in political science scholarship. We then go on to critique this practice before suggesting a broader agenda for the analysis of the political based on a queer theoretical approach.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1467-856X.12037
Additional information: Published online early.
Uncontrolled keywords: queer theory, Judith Butler, political science, marxism, behaviouralism, rational choice, liberalism, institutionalism, H-Index, citation
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Donna Lee
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 17:38 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:48 UTC
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