New publication by Ersel Aydınlı

Theory importation and the death of homegrown disciplinary potential: an autopsy of Turkish IR

A primary premise of the Global IR initiative is its emphasis on world history as a basis for global IR theorising. While non-Western contri-butions are thus critical, periphery IR disciplinary communities oper-ate under the dominance and homogenising effect of core IR theories based on Western history and intellectual traditions. An import-dependent culture takes over periphery disciplinary communities, neutralising their potential for original IR production and theory creation. This study explores these assumptions by focusing on the case of Turkish IR; providing an evaluation of its evolution and current status, and suggesting lessons it might have for other periphery com-munities and the future of Global IR overall. It offers a longitudinal qualitative investigation of Turkish IR scholars’ perceptions of their community’s evolution. They suggest that Turkish IR has become a dependent consumer of core IR theory and devalued its history base, leaving it bifurcated between a minority ‘core-of-the-periphery’ who operate as ‘compradors’, copying and marketing global core knowledge, and a majority ‘periphery-of-the-periphery’, who remain voiceless, disconnected and resentful. Ultimately, the local commu-nity is unable to offer original contributions to the globalisation of IR, and the global IR movement is structurally diminished through the exclusion of large portions of the scholarly community.

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