Critical Approaches to International Security
By (author) Karin M. Fierke
Critical Approaches to International Security by Karin M. Fierke
Book DescriptionDuring the Cold War the concept of international security was traditionally understood in military terms as the threat or use of force by states. The end of East-West hostilities, however, brought new 'critical' perspectives to the fore as scholars sought to explain the emergence of new challenges to international stability, such as environmental degradation, immigration and terrorism. 'Critical Approaches to International Security' is the first book to offer a wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis of the field of critical security studies. It maps the evolution of debates about security from the end of the Cold War to the present day, arguing that the conceptual and methodological innovations of critical security studies are crucial for understanding many contemporary international developments. Organized around a range of core concepts that have defined various critical approaches, the book guides the reader through a wide range of literature and debates. Topics covered include: the relationship between security and change, identity, the production of danger, trauma, human insecurity and emancipation. The book explores the meaning and use of these concepts and their relevance to real-life situations ranging from NATO expansion, conflict in the Balkans, migration, suffering in war, failed states and state-building, the war on terror and Hurricane Katrina. This book makes a significant and original contribution to the study of international relations and security studies and will be of great value to students and scholars of international relations and security studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745632926
(261mm x 186mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Karin M. Fierke
Critical Approaches to International Security, Paperback (January 2015)
During the Cold War the concept of international security was understood in military terms as the threat or use of force by states.
Diplomatic Interventions, Paperback (April 2005)
Argues that war is a social construction. In so doing, it unsettles the definition of intervention, as a coercive interference by one state in the affairs of another, to examine the range of communicative or diplomatic practices which through their presence modify the experience of war.
International Relations, Paperback (May 2002)
This text outlines key theories, approaches and controversies and shows how they relate to the realities of the international system including such contemporary challenges like environmental degradation as well as the more traditional concerns of violence and war, poverty and inequality.
Constructing International Relations, Paperback (July 2001)» View all books by Karin M. Fierke
Constructivists assume that interstate and interorganizational relations are always at some level intersubjective, embedded in social, cultural, and linguistic contexts. This book explores this approach in international relations as it has been developing in the context of social science worldwide.
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Author Biography - Karin M. Fierke
Karin Fierke, Professor of International Relations, University of St. Andrews
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