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Critical Security Studies & World Politics

Critical Security Studies & World Politics

Critical Security Studies & World Politics

Critical Security Studies & World Politics

  • By: Ken Booth

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ISBN: 9788130901862

Bind: Hardbound

Year: 2005

Pages: 324

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


Realist assumptions of security studies increasingly have been challenged by an approach that places the human being, rather than the state, at the center of security concerns. This text is an indispensable statement of the ideas of this critical security project, written by some of its leading exponents.

The book is structured around three concepts security, community, and emancipation that arguably are central to the future shape of world politics. Each of its three parts begins with a survey of key theoretical issues, followed by an investigation of current case material. The authors emphasize that critical security is about the problems of real people in real places, and about linking theory and practice. Throughout, they address the fundamental questions at the heart of critical thinking about security.

Target Audience: 

Students and academicians of political science and international relations.



Critical Explorations • K. Booth.

  •  Introduction • K. Booth.
  •  The Contested Concept of Security • S. Smith.
  •  Military Forces and In/security • G. Cheeseman.
  •  Militarized Masculinities and the Politics of Peacekeeping • S. Whitworth.
  •  Introduction • K. Booth.
  •  Political Community and Human Security • A. Linklater.
  •  The Missing Link: Security, International Political Economy, and Community • R. Tooze.
  •  Questions of Identity: Australia and Asia • J.J. Pettman.
  •  Introduction • K. Booth.
  •  Emancipation in the Critical Security Studies Project • H. Alker.
  •  On Emancipation: Necessity, Capacity, and Concrete Utopias • R. Wyn Jones.
  •  Communal Conflict and Emancipation: The Case of Northern Ireland • J. Ruane and J. Todd.
  •  Beyond Critical Security Studies • K. Booth.


About the Author: 

Ken Booth is E.H. Carr Professor and head of the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.


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