Critical Security Studies: An Introduction

Critical Security Studies: An Introduction

by Columba Peoples, Nick Vaughan-Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415484448

ISBN-13: 9780415484442

Pub. Date: 08/02/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415484442
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/02/2010
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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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