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Securing Outer Space by Michael Sheehan
Book DescriptionThe challenges that space poses for political theory are profound. Yet until now, the exploration and utilization of space has generally reflected - but not challenged - the political patterns and impulses which characterized twentieth-century politics and International Relations. This edited volume analyses a number of controversial policies, and contentious strategies which have promoted space activities under the rubric of exploration and innovation, militarization and weaponization, colonization and commercialization. It places these policies and strategies in broader theoretical perspective in two key ways. Firstly, it engages in a reading of the discourses of space activities: exposing their meaning-producing practices; uncovering the narratives which convey certain space strategies as desirable, inevitable and seamless. Secondly, the essays suggest ways of understanding, and critically engaging with, the effects of particular space policies. The essays here seek to 'bring back space' into the realm of International Relations discourse, from which it has been largely removed, marginalized and silenced. The various chapters do this by highlighting how activities in outer space are always connected to earth-bound practices and performances of the every day. Securing Outer Space will be of great interest to students of space power, critical security studies and IR theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415460569
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Sheehan
Securing Outer Space, Paperback (March 2012)
What challenges does outer space pose for political theory? This volume analyzes the strategies and policies that promote space activities, placing these strategies and policies within a broader theoretical perspective. The book highlights how activities in outer space are always connected to earth-bound practices.
International Politics of Space, Hardback (October 2007)
Provides a picture of how politically important space has become, and what its exploitation might mean for our futures. This book analyses the space programmes of the United States, Russia, China, India and the European Space Agency, and explains how central space has become to issues of war and peace, and cooperation between the worlds states.
Elements in Political Science, Paperback (February 1999)
This introductory textbook provides the ideal basis for students coming to Politics for the first time.
Balance of Power, Paperback (December 1995)» View all books by Michael Sheehan
Michael Sheehan examines the meanings given to the balance of power over the centuries, providing an understanding of the meanings of the power principle and the key thinkers who have influenced its development.
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Author Biography - Michael Sheehan
Natalie Bormann teaches at the Department of Politics at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. Previously she held a position at the Watson Insititute for International Studies, Brown University. She is the author of National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity: A Poststructuralist Critique. Michael Sheehan is Professor of International Relations at the University of Wales, Swansea. His publications include The International Politics of Space; International Security: An Analytical Survey; National and International Security; Balance of Power: History and Theory; The Arms Race; and Arms Control: Theory and Practice.
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