The reflexive potential of silence:Emotions, the ‘everyday’ and ethical international relations


This article argues on behalf of an autoethnographic methodology as one, but not the only, method suited to the excavation of the emotions of everyday international relations. I suggest, drawing on my own lived experiences of writing the Life in the United Kingdom Test specifically, and being ordered deported from the United Kingdom more broadly, that a reflexive practice informed by silence allows scholars to attend to the otherwise discounted and excluded forms of emotional knowledge. As my story unfolds, and the transformative potential of trauma is rehearsed, the possibility of excavating otherwise silenced emotions, guided by an affective empathy, comes to the fore. I suggest, building on my own lived experience, that as the researcher cum agent embraces this position, discounted and discarded stories are revisited. In so doing I present a piece of evocative autoethnography in and of itself while demonstrating the role that emotions can play in the construction of everyday practices of International Relations.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Autoethnography,emotions,international relations,reflexivity,the everyday,Sociology and Political Science,Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-06-01
Published Online Date: 2019-02-26
Accepted Date: 2019-01-21
Authors: Beattie, Amanda R ( 0000-0002-5952-2554)



Version: Accepted Version

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