Critical Approaches to International Security

ISBN-10: 0745632939
ISBN-13: 9780745632933
Edition: 2007
Authors: Karin M. Fierke
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 3/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

During the Cold War the concept of international security was traditionally understood in military terms as the threat or use of force by states. The end of East-West hostilities, however, brought new 'critical' perspectives to the fore as scholars sought to explain the emergence of new challenges to international stability, such as environmental degradation, immigration and terrorism. 'Critical Approaches to International Security' is the first book to offer a wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis of the field of critical security studies. It maps the evolution of debates about security from the end of the Cold War to the present day, arguing that the conceptual and methodological innovations of critical security studies are crucial for understanding many contemporary international developments. Organized around a range of core concepts that have defined various critical approaches, the book guides the reader through a wide range of literature and debates. Topics covered include: the relationship between security and change, identity, the production of danger, trauma, human insecurity and emancipation. The book explores the meaning and use of these concepts and their relevance to real-life situations ranging from NATO expansion, conflict in the Balkans, migration, suffering in war, failed states and state-building, the war on terror and Hurricane Katrina. This book makes a significant and original contribution to the study of international relations and security studies and will be of great value to students and scholars of international relations and security studies.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Politics and security
Context
Definitions and Redefinitions
Realism and the Cold War
The methodological debate
Return to the military definition?
The Proliferation of Concepts
Essentially contested concepts
An ethnocentric concept
Proliferation of concepts
Conclusion
Construction
Change
Human nature and social construction
Structures and agents
Cause versus reasons
Conclusion
Identity
Aspects of identity
Identity and discourse analysis
Identity and the 'clash of civilizations'
Conclusion
The Production of Danger
The representation of danger
The politics of danger
The production of insecurity
What is at stake?
Practice
Trauma
Psychologizing trauma
The securitization of trauma
The politicization of trauma
Conclusion
Human Insecurity
Human security
Development and security
A critical analysis
Conclusion
Immanent Critique
Revisiting the themes
Questioning assumptions
Immanent critique
Emancipation
Emancipation
The state is a provider of protection
Military strength is the core of security
Vulnerability must be avoided at all costs
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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