Abstract: Social Science research cannot be neutral. It always involves the (re)production of social reality and thus has to be conceived as political practice. From this perspective, the present article looks into constructivist norm research. In the first part, we argue that constructivist norm research is political insofar as it tends to reproduce predominantly Western values that strengthen specific hegemonic discursive structures. However, this particular political position is hardly acknowledged in norm research. Hence, it is our goal in the second part of the article to outline contrapuntal reading as a research strategy to advance a more reflective and critical norm research.
Keywords: constructivism, norms, contrapuntal reading, postcolonialism, feminism