Title

A Tale of Two Audacities: A Response to Verweijen and van Meeteren

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Territory, Politics, Governance

Volume

3

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge

Publication Date

2-16-2015

First Page

112

Last Page

117

Abstract

In this essay, we respond to the critique [see Verweijen J. and van Meeteren M. (2014) Social network analysis and the de facto/de jure conundrum: the case of security alliances and the territorialization of state authority in the post-Cold War Great Lakes region, Territory, Politics, Governance 3(1), xx-xx] of a previous paper of ours published in this journal [Radil S. M. and Flint C. (2013) Exiles and arms: the territorial practices of state making and war diffusion in post-Cold War Africa, Territory, Politics, Governance 1(2), 183-202] that used social network analysis to examine regional patterns of conflict and cooperation in the Great Lakes region of Africa. In our response we address Verweijen and van Meeteren’s specific critiques of our research methods and data and suggest that such critiques arise not from a concern about rigorous research methods but from different viewpoints within larger epistemological debates in social science. We discuss the contradictions embedded in their critiques, focusing on the implications of the current dominance of postmodern epistemology within the research communities relevant to our original paper.

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