Security Studies: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Security Studies is the most comprehensive textbook available on security studies.

Comprehensively revised for the new edition including new chapters on Polarity, Culture, Intelligence, and the Academic and Policy Worlds, it continues to give students a detailed overview of the major theoretical approaches, key themes and most significant issues within security studies.

  • Part 1 explores the main theoretical approaches currently used within the field from realism to international political sociology.
  • Part 2 explains the central concepts underpinning contemporary debates from the security dilemma to terrorism.
  • Part 3 presents an overview of the institutional security architecture currently influencing world politics using international, regional and global levels of analysis.
  • Part 4 examines some of the key contemporary challenges to global security from the arms trade to energy security.
  • Part 5 discusses the future of security.

Security Studies provides a valuable teaching tool for undergraduates and MA students by collecting these related strands of the field together into a single coherent textbook.

Contributors:Richard J. Aldrich, Deborah D. Avant, Sita Bali, Michael N. Barnett, Alex J. Bellamy, Didier Bigo, Pinar Bilgin, Ken Booth, Barry Buzan, Stuart Croft, Simon Dalby, John S. Duffield, Colin Elman, Louise Fawcett, Lawrence Freedman, James M. Goldgeier, Fen Osler Hampson, William D. Hartung, Michael Jensen, Adam Jones, Danielle Zach Kalbacher, Stuart J. Kaufman, Michael T. Klare, Peter Lawler, Matt McDonald, Colin McInnes, Cornelia Navari, Michael Pugh, Paul R. Pillar, Srinath Raghavan, Paul Rogers, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Joanna Spear, Caroline Thomas, Thomas G. Weiss, Nicholas J. Wheeler, Sandra Whitworth, Paul D. Williams, Phil Williams and Frank C. Zagare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415782814
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 734,655
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, USA. His books include War and Conflict in Africa (Polity, 2011); British Foreign Policy under New Labour, 1997–2005 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005); Understanding Peacekeeping, 2nd ed. (Polity, 2010); Security and Development in Global Politics: A Critical Comparison (Georgetown University Press, 2012); and The International Politics of Mass Atrocities: The Case of Darfur (Routledge, 2010).

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Table of Contents

List of boxes, figures and tables

1 Security Studies: An Introduction Paul D. Williams Williams, Paul D. 1

Pt. 1 Theoretical approaches 13

2 Realism Colin Elman Elman, Colin 15

3 Liberalism Cornelia Navari Navari, Cornelia 29

4 Game Theory Frank C. Zagare Zagare, Frank C. 44

5 Constructivism Matt McDonald McDonald, Matt 59

6 Peace Studies Peter Lawler Lawler, Peter 73

7 Critical Theory Pinar Bilgin Bilgin, Pinar 89

8 Feminist Perspectives Sandra Whirworth Whirworth, Sandra 103

9 International Political Sociology Didier Bigo Bigo, Didier 116

Pt. 2 Key concepts 131

10 Uncertainty Ken Booth Booth, Ken Nicholas J. Wheeler Wheeler, Nicholas J. 133

11 War Paul D. Williams Williams, Paul D. 151

12 Terrorism Paul Rogers Rogers, Paul 171

13 Genocide and Mass Killing Adam Jones Jones, Adam 185

14 Ethnic Conflict Stuart J. Kaufman Kaufman, Stuart J. 200

15 Coercion Lawrence Freedman Freedman, Lawrence Srinath Raghavan Raghavan, Srinath 216

16 Human Security Fen Osler Hampson Fen, Osler Hampson 229

17 Poverty Caroline Thomas Thomas, Caroline 244

18 Environmental Change Simon Dalby Dalby, Simon 260

19 Health Colin McInnes McInnes, Colin 274

Pt. 3 Institutions 289

20 Alliances John S. Duffield Duffield, John S. Cynthia Michota Michota, Cynthia Sara Ann Miller Miller, Sara Ann 291

21 Regional Institutions Louise Fawcett Fawcett, Louise 307

22 The United Nations Thomas G. Weiss Weiss, Thomas G. Danielle Zach Kalbacher Kalbacher, Danielle Zach 325

Pt. 4 Contemporary challenges 343

23 The International Arms Trade William D. Hartung Hartung, William D. 345

24 Nuclear Proliferation Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu Sidhu, Waheguru Pal Singh 361

25Counterterrorism Paul R. Pillar Pillar, Paul R. 376

26 Counterinsurgency Joanna Spear Spear, Joanna 389

27 Peace Operations Michael Pugh Pugh, Michael 407

28 The Responsibility to Protect Alex J. Bellamy Bellamy, Alex J. 422

29 Private Security Deborah D. Avant Avant, Deborah D. 438

30 Transnational Organized Crime John T. Picarelli Picarelli, John T. 453

31 Population Movements Sita Bali Bali, Sita 468

32 Energy Security Michael T. Klare Klare, Michael T. 483

33 What Future for Security Studies? Stuart Croft Croft, Stuart 499

Bibliography 512

Index 540

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