Doing IPS brings together researchers working in the broad area of International Political Sociology (IPS). They explore (a) different theoretical and methodological lines of thought that are deployed in IPS, (b) key themes of debate that are currently shaping IPS, and (c) how IPS enacts critical lineages and their limits in the social sciences.
The interest in IPS has been steadily growing over the last decade and a half. In 2016 the journal International Political Sociology celebrated its 10th anniversary. At the same time, the Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology and a key edited volume International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines were published. Between them they propose distinct lines of research that have shaped the lineages of critical international studies. IPS has also become a vibrant place for research that works across International Relations and other social sciences and for critical reflections on the relation between political theory, sociology, and International Relations.
Doing IPS aims to be an international hub shaping future lines of research in IPS. The group has a distinct interest in (a) fracturing the international and the global and (b) developing transversal understandings of contemporary worlds. Fracturing asks for the development and use of conceptual and methodological tools that facilitate analysing issues like violence, mobility, security and citizenship through practices of connecting and temporalities of becoming that take place across instituted boundaries, including both disciplinary boundaries and institutionalised borders spatially containing practices. It challenges analytical practices and languages that use familiar conceptual repertoires in the social sciences, such as levels, dialectics of integration and fragmentation, and dichotomous separations of inside and outside.