Security Studies

Security Studies : An Introduction

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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

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 35.56mm | 1,290g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 13 Line drawings, black and white; 8 Tables, black and white; 13 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0415782813
  • 9780415782814
  • 38,622

Table of contents

1. Introduction Paul D. Williams Part 1: Theoretical Approaches 2. Realisms Colin Elman and Michael Jensen 3. Liberalisms Cornelia Navari 4. Game Theory Frank C. Zagare 5. Constructivisms Matt McDonald 6. Peace Studies Peter Lawler 7. Critical Theory Pinar Bilgin 8. Feminisms Sandra Whitworth 9. International Political Sociology Didier Bigo Part 2: Key Concepts 10. Uncertainty Ken Booth and Nicholas J. Wheeler 11. Polarity Barry Buzan 12. Culture Michael N. Barnett 13. War Paul D. Williams 14. Coercion Lawrence Freedman and Srinath Rhagavan 15. Terrorism Paul Rogers 16. Intelligence Richard J Aldrich 17. Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Adam Jones 18. Ethnic Conflict Stuart J. Kaufman 19. Human Security Fen Osler Hampson 20. Poverty Caroline Thomas 21. Climate Change and Environmental Security Simon Dalby 22. Health Colin McInnes Part 3: Institutions 23. Alliances John Duffield 24. Regional Institutions Louise Fawcett 25. The United Nations Thomas G. Weiss and Danielle Zach Kalbacher 26. Peace Operations Michael Pugh 27. The Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime W. Pal Sidhu 28. Private Security Companies Deborah Avant Part 4: Contemporary Challenges 29. International Arms Trade William D. Hartung 30. Counterterrorism Paul R. Pillar 31. Counterinsurgency Joanna Spear 32. The Responsibility to Protect Alex J. Bellamy 33. Transnational Organized Crime Phil Williams 34. Population Movements Sita Bali 35. Energy Security Michael T. Klare Part 5: Conclusions 36. The Academic and Policy Worlds James M Goldgeier 37.What Future for Security Studies? Stuart Croft
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About Paul D. Williams

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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