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The body of the diplomat

Neumann, Iver B. (2008) The body of the diplomat. European Journal of International Relations, 14 (4). pp. 671-695. ISSN 1354-0661

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1354066108097557

Abstract

Over the past two decades, the body has emerged as an increasingly important focus of study in the social sciences generally, but little work has been done on it in International Relations. Drawing on a disparate yet voluminous literature on gender, as well as on Bourdieu's analysis of class, this article demonstrates the importance of gendered and classed bodies within the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Part one, which is based on archival work and interviews, details the emergence of women within the diplomatic service. In part two, which is based on interviews and ethnographic data, I postulate the existence of three masculinity scripts and three femininity scripts within MFA discourse. I conclude that the gendering and classing of diplomats' bodies is a constitutive factor of the MFA hierarchic order and so differentiates diplomats' life chances. It follows that the body is of crucial importance to social life in at least one traditional site of IR study.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ejt.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2008 European Consortium for Political Research, SAGE Publications
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 09:43
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54806

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