International Security

International Security : An Analytical Survey

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Michael Sheehan provides a masterly survey of the varied positions that scholars have adopted in interpreting "security", one of the most contested terms in international relations, and asks whether a synthesis is possible that both widens and deepens our understanding of the concept. Sheehan begins by outlining the classical realist approach of Morgenthau and Carr and the ideas of their neorealist heirs. He then explores how the economic security approach embraces both defense economics and human security from poverty and hunger; and how environmental security links environment and security in a fundamental challenge to the international political hierarchy. Next, tackling the various postpositivist perspectives on security, all of which stem from worldviews fundamentally different from that of realism, he explains the range of feminist thought on security, the ideas of the critical security school, and the main concerns of postmodern security theory. In conclusion, revealing his own interpretation of security, he makes the case for a postpositivist conception that links human emancipation, justice, and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1588262731
  • 9781588262738

Table of contents

Introduction. What Is Security? Realism and Security. Security Communities and Democratic Peace. The Broader Agenda. Economic Security. Societal Security. Environmental Security. Gender and Security. Postmodernism and Security. Critical Security. more

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A comprehensive treatment of the security agenda... The coverage is wide-ranging and well informed and the use of examples makes the book approachable for those new to the field of security studies. - John Williams, University of Durham; "A welcome addition... This survey and critique of the central problem of international relations is to be recommended as a contribution to security studies in general, and is also one of only a few books to address the issue from the Critical Security perspective." - Bill McSweeney, Trinity College Dublinshow more

About Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan is professor of international relations at the University of Aberdeen. His recent publications include The Balance of Power: History and Theory and National and International more

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