Critical Approaches to International Security / Edition 1

Critical Approaches to International Security / Edition 1

by Karin M. Fierke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745632939

ISBN-13: 9780745632933

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Wiley

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745632933
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
Politics and security     4
Context     11
Definitions and Redefinitions     13
Realism and the Cold War     16
The methodological debate     22
Return to the military definition?     28
The Proliferation of Concepts     33
Essentially contested concepts     33
An ethnocentric concept     35
Proliferation of concepts     42
Conclusion     51
Construction     53
Change     55
Human nature and social construction     56
Structures and agents     60
Cause versus reasons     68
Conclusion     74
Identity     75
Aspects of identity     75
Identity and discourse analysis     81
Identity and the 'clash of civilizations'     87
Conclusion     97
The Production of Danger     99
The representation of danger     100
The politics of danger     108
The production of insecurity     112
What is at stake?     118
Practice     121
Trauma     123
Psychologizing trauma     124
The securitization of trauma     132
The politicization of trauma     137
Conclusion     143
Human Insecurity     144
Human security     145
Development and security     150
A critical analysis     156
Conclusion     165
Immanent Critique     167
Revisiting the themes     169
Questioning assumptions     170
Immanent critique     184
Emancipation     186
Emancipation     187
The state is a provider of protection     190
Military strength is the core of security     193
Vulnerability must be avoided at all costs     199
Conclusion     204
Notes     206
References     210
Index     231

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