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EUROCENTRISM, ETHNOCENTRISM, AND MISERY OF POSITION: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN EUROPE – A PROBLEMATIC OVERSIGHT

Audrey Alejandro

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Since the 1980s, International Relations (IR) scholars have emphasised the ‘geoepistemological’ dynamics underpinning the global structuration of discipline diversity. By focusing mainly on the study of ‘American’ and ‘non-Western’ IR, this debate has given little attention to the voices, perspectives, and practices of those scholars who study IR in Europe. This article aims reflexively to question the identity dynamics of the marginalisation of European cases in the debate about diversity and hegemony in International Relations. Using anthropological and sociological tools, such as the idea of ‘misery of position’ developed by Pierre Bourdieu, it explores the postcolonial and eurocentric narratives that can explain this situation, while also putting forward why assuming a balanced ethnocentric stance would provide a more appropriate relational model to promote pluralism.

Keywords: eurocentrism; ethnocentrism; International Relations in Europe; sociology of science; anthropology of science

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Bibliography: Alejandro, Audrey: Eurocentrism, Ethnocentrism, and Misery of Position: International Relations in Europe – A Problematic Oversight, ERIS, 1-2017, pp. 5-20. https://doi.org/10.3224/eris.v4i1.01


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