Critical Security Studies: An Introduction

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Overview

Critical Security Studies introduces students of Politics and International Relations to the sub-field through a detailed yet accessible survey of emerging theories and practices.

Written in an accessible and clear manner, this textbook:

offers a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to critical security studies

locates critical security studies within the broader context of social and political theory

evaluates fundamental theoretical positions in critical security studies against a backdrop of new security challenges.

The book is divided into two main parts. The first part, 'Approaches', surveys the newly extended and contested theoretical terrain of critical security studies, and the different schools within the subdiscipline, including Feminist, Postcolonial and Poststructuralist viewpoints. The second part, 'Issues', then offers examples of how these various theoretical approaches have been put to work against the backdrop of a diverse range of issues in contemporary security practices, from environmental, human and homeland security to border security and the War on Terror.

The historical and geographical scope of the book is deliberately broad and readers will be introduced to a number of key illustrative case studies. Each of the chapters in Part II will act to concretely illustrate one or more of the approaches discussed in Part I, with clear internal referencing allowing the text to act as a holistic learning tool for students.

This book will be essential reading for upper-level students of Critical Security Studies, and an important resource for students of International/Global Security, Political Theory, and IR in general.

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'A much needed book. Combining a systematic overview of the evolution of critical security studies with a compelling account of today's complex and vibrant debates, it is both an excellent introduction to the subject and a substantial contribution to its development' —- Michael C. Williams, University of Ottawa, Canada

'In an accessible way, this book presents a state of the art of critical security studies that simultaneously redefines it by bringing together familiar and less familiar approaches. It succeeds in providing an overview of developments over the past 15 years to define a future-oriented field of critical security studies' —- Jef Huysmans, Open University, UK

‘Well written and well organised, this text offers a thoughtful analysis of a range of approaches and issues, and provides a concise guide to a burgeoning and complex subfield’ —- Political Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415484442
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/2/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Columba Peoples is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics, University of Bristol, UK.

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: mapping critical security studies, and travelling without maps 1

Part I Approaches 15

1 Critical Theory and security 17

2 Feminist and gender approaches to security 33

3 Postcolonial perspectives 47

4 Poststructuralism and international political sociology 62

5 Securitization theory 75

Part II Issues 89

6 Environmental security 91

7 Homeland security and the 'war against terrorism' 105

8 Human security and development 120

9 Migration and border security 134

10 Technology and warfare in the information age 149

Bibliography 166

Index 178

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