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Critical Security Studies: An Introduction

Critical Security Studies: An Introduction

by Columba Peoples, Nick Vaughan-Williams
     
 

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This textbook introduces students to the sub-field of critical security studies through a detailed yet accessible survey of emerging theories and practices. This new edition contains two new chapters and has been fully revised and updated.

Written in an accessible and clear manner, Critical Security Studies:

  • offers a comprehensive and

Overview

This textbook introduces students to the sub-field of critical security studies through a detailed yet accessible survey of emerging theories and practices. This new edition contains two new chapters and has been fully revised and updated.

Written in an accessible and clear manner, Critical Security Studies:

  • 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 backdrop of new security challenges.

The book is divided into two main parts. The first section, ‘Approaches’, surveys the newly extended and contested theoretical terrain of Critical Security Studies, and the different schools within the subdiscipline, including Feminist, Postcolonial, Constructivist and Poststructuralist viewpoints. The second, ‘Issues’, 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, health security and the 'War on Terror'.

The historical and geographical scope of the book is deliberately broad and readers are introduced to a number of key illustrative case studies. Each of the chapters in Part II acts concretely to 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.

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 Warwick, UK.

Editorial Reviews

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‘I use Critical Security Studies as a required reading for my courses in Paris and London — it is in my view the best introduction to the topic and this second edition is very welcome.’ — Didier Bigo, King’s College London, UK

‘Combining breadth and accessibility with cutting-edge contributions, the second edition of this book provides an excellent overview of critical security studies today.’ — Michael C. Williams, University of Ottawa, Canada

'This second edition gives us a most welcome update of what remains a key introduction to critical security studies. It is great to see the most recent developments in this vibrant field of research included.' Jef Huysmans, Open University, UK

'In mapping the recent advances and debates in the vibrant field of critical security studies, this book will be crucially important to students and scholars alike. Critical Security Studies: An Introduction highlights a different topography of critical approaches to security, which is more complex, layered and messy than existing maps have allowed us to see. The book is thus more than an introduction to the field - it is an injunction to rethink the political-theoretical underpinnings in critical approaches and take the debates further.'— Claudia Aradau, King's College London, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415841832
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
236

Meet the Author

Columba Peoples is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol and author of Justifying Ballistic Missile Defence (2010).

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Reader in International Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, and author of Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power (2009).

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