Security Studies: Critical Perspectives takes a question-centred approach by introducing the analysis of security from critical and interdisciplinary perspectives. It provides a set of analytic steps so that readers develop the critical thinking skills and confidence to ask important questions about security and our worlds in contemporary politics. Common-sense security assumptions that reproduce forms of oppression and domination are revealed and their justifications decentred while perspectives inclusive of class, gender and sexualities, ethnicity and race, religion, disability, culture and ideology, political belonging, and the global south are introduced. In doing so, the chapters in this book combine critical analysis with concrete empirical issues that connect readers to the social and political worlds around them.
Keywords:oppression, domination, class, gender, sexualities, ethnicity, race, religion, culture, political belonging
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- 1. What is critique?
- 2. Security
- 3. Orders, power, and hierarchies
- 4. Political violence
- 5. Critical questions
- 6. Policing Cédric Moreau de Bellaing
- 7. War and socio-political orders Victoria M. Basham
- 8. Terrorism and asymmetric conflicts Christian Olsson
- 9. Identity and othering Melody Fonseca Santos
- 10. Gender and sexuality Jennifer Hobbs and Laura McLeod
- 11. Nationalism, racism, and xenophobia Philippe M. Frowd
- 12. Securing development; developing security? Maria Stern
- 13. Health Sara E. Davies and Jessica Kirk
- 14. Property, extraction, and accumulation Caitlin Ryan
- 15. Digital, (in)security, and violence Rocco Bellanova
- 16. Security and design Mark Lacy
- 17. Weapons-systems Mike Bourne
- 18. Environment Madeleine Fagan
- 19. Borders and mobility Benjamin J. Muller
- 20. Prisons and camps Anna Schliehe