Critical Security Studies: An Introduction by Columba Peoples

By Columba Peoples

Critical defense Studies introduces scholars of Politics and diplomacy to the sub-field via a close but obtainable survey of rising theories and practices.

Written in an obtainable and transparent demeanour, this textbook:

  • offers a accomplished and up to date advent to serious defense studies
  • locates serious safeguard experiences in the broader context of social and political concept
  • evaluates primary theoretical positions in severe defense experiences opposed to backdrop of latest safety challenges.

The booklet is split into major components. the 1st half, ‘Approaches’, surveys the newly prolonged and contested theoretical terrain of severe defense stories, and the several faculties in the subdiscipline, together with Feminist, Postcolonial and Poststructuralist viewpoints. the second one half, ‘Issues’, will then provide examples of the way those a variety of theoretical techniques were placed to paintings opposed to the backdrop of a various diversity of concerns in modern safeguard practices, from environmental, human and native land safety to frame safeguard and the struggle on Terror.

The historic and geographical scope of the booklet is intentionally large and readers could be brought to a few key illustrative case stories. all the chapters partially II will act to concretely illustrate a number of of the methods mentioned partly I, with transparent inner referencing permitting the textual content to behave as a holistic studying instrument for students.

This e-book should be crucial analyzing for top point scholars of serious safety reports, and a massive source for college students of International/Global defense, Political thought, and IR in general.

Columba Peoples is Lecturer in diplomacy within the division of Politics, college of Bristol, united kingdom.

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Lecturer in diplomacy within the division of Politics, college of Exeter, UK.

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