End Comment: The Practices of Interdisciplinarity

  • Iver B. Neumann
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)


In this concluding comment, I try to take stock of the discussion presented in the volume. First, moving from the general to the specific, I set off with a discussion of how academic disciplines emerge as a result of both ‘fission’ and ‘fusion’. Of the two options, international studies (IS) began as, and remains, a case of fusion. Second, I then try to identify the ‘centripetal force’, and find it in subject matter as well as in social theory. Since their institutional inception within academia, social sciences have acquired a certain cohesion through social theory. This may also be seen in the types of historians and lawyers who are drawn to international studies: there tends to be at least some theoretical bent involved.


International Study Social Theory International Relation Political Theory Academic Discipline 
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