A Coxian Critical Reflexive Lens as a Methodological Tool for Analysis in Liberal Peacebuilding Research in Sri Lanka

Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe
2017 Colombo Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Research  
There is an ongoing debate between the neo-positivist researchers who insist that IR research should follow positivist methodologies and the post-positivist researchers in subfields such as feminist and critical studies in IR who insist that the very selection of a methodology is a positioning of power and a validation of a truth through the knowledge the methodology enables. The selection of methodology, the process used to create knowledge, is therefore a decision to position a particular
more » ... on a particular body of knowledge over another. The selection of a particular method over another is an act of enabling a body of knowledge, a truth, and therefore an act of power that can disrupt an entrenched order or destabilize it. This paper explores Coxian critical analysis in IR research and discusses the use of Coxian analysis in exploring the Sri Lankan conflict in a setting of liberal peacebuilding critique. The paper concludes that a critical methodology such as Coxian analysis enables a researcher to question the epistemological and ontological assumptions that have been prevalent in analyzing the Sri Lankan conflict.
doi:10.4038/cjmr.v3i1.26 fatcat:enjjs4kh5jcxbhd5xo4dfswmda