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Title: Toward a pedagogy for critical security studies: Politics of migration in the classroom
Authors: Bilgic, Ali
Dhami, Mandeep
Onkal, Dilek
Keywords: Critical pedagogy
Critical security studies
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Studies Association © The Authors
Citation: BILGIC, A., DHAMI, M. and ONKAL, D., 2018. Toward a pedagogy for critical security studies: Politics of migration in the classroom. International Studies Perspectives, 19(3), pp. 250–266.
Abstract: International Relations (IR) has increasingly paid attention to critical pedagogy. Feminist, post-colonial and poststructuralist IR scholarship, in particular, have long been advancing the discus-sions about how to create a pluralist and democratic classroom where ‘the others’ of politics can be heard by the students, who can critically reflect upon complex power relations in global poli-tics. Despite its normative position, Critical Security Studies (CSS) has so far refrained from join-ing this pedagogical conversation. Deriving from the literatures of postcolonial and feminist pedagogical practices, it is argued that an IR scholar in the area of CSS can contribute to the pro-duction of a critical political subject in the 'uncomfortable classroom', who reflects on violent practices of security. Three pedagogical methods will be introduced: engaging with the students’ lifeworlds, revealing the positionality of security knowledge claims, and opening up the class-room to the choices about how the youth’s agency can be performed beyond the classroom. The argument is illustrated through the case of forced migration with specific reference to IR and Pol-itics students’ perceptions of Syrian refugees in Turkey. The article advances the discussions in critical IR pedagogy and encourages CSS scholarship to focus on teaching in accordance with its normative position.
Description: This paper is closed access until 26 February 2020.
Sponsor: The research was partly supported by HM Government funding to Mandeep Dhami.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1093/isp/ekx016
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26932
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/isp/ekx016
ISSN: 1528-3577
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Politics and International Studies)

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