Contemporary Security Studies

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-02-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Contemporary Security Studies is the definitive introduction to Security Studies, providing the most accessible, up-to-date guide to the subject available. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, it features an impressive breadth and depth of coverage of the different theoretical approaches to the study of security and the ever-evolving range of issues that dominate the security agenda in the 21st Century.

Throughout the text, students are encouraged to question their own preconceptions and assumptions, and to use their own judgement to critically evaluate key approaches and ideas. To help them achieve this, each chapter is punctuated with helpful learning features including "key ideas", "think points" and case studies, demonstrating the real world applications and implications of the theory.

In addition to covering a wide range of topical security issues--from terrorism and inter-state armed conflict to cybersecurity, health, and transnational crime--the fourth edition features a new chapter on postcolonialism and expanded coverage of critical security studies. The book is supported by an Online Resource Centre designed to help students take their learning further.

For students:
- Explore relevant security issues in greater depth with additional online case studies
- Test your understanding of the key ideas and themes in each chapter with self-marking multiple-choice questions

For registered lecturers:
- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class

Author Biography

Alan Collins, Swansea University

Alan Collins is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Swansea University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Alan Collins, Swansea University
Approaches to Security
2. Realism, Charles L. Glaser, University of Chicago
3. Liberalism, Patrick Morgan, University of California, Irvine
4. Historical Materialism, Eric Herring, University of Bristol
5. Peace Studies, Paul Rogers, University of Bradford
6. Social Constructivism, Christine Agius, Swinburne University of Technology
7. Critical Security Studies, David Mutimer, York University, Toronto
8. Critical Security Studies II, Marshall Beier, McMaster University
9. Postcolonialism, Mark Laffey, SOAS, University of London
10. Human Security, Randolph B. Persaud, The American University, Washington DC
11. Gender, Caroline Kennedy, University of Hull, and Sophia Dingli, University of Hull
12. Securitization, Ralf Emmers, RSIS, Singapore
Deepening and Broadening Security
13. Military Security, Mike Sheehan, Swansea University
14. Regime Security, Richard Jackson, Aberystwyth University
15. Societal Security, Paul Roe, Central European University
16. Environmental Security, Jon Barnett, University of Melbourne
17. Economic Security, Gary Shiffman, Georgetown University
18. Development and Security, Nana Poku and Jacqueline Therkelsen, , University of KwaZulu-Natal
Traditional and Non-Traditional Security
19. Coercive Diplomacy, Peter Viggo Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen
20. Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation, James Wirtz, US Naval Postgraduate School
21. Terrorism, James Lutz and Brenda Lutz, Indiana University Purdue
22. Humanitarian Intervention, Alex Bellamy, Griffith University
23. Energy Security, Doug Stokes, University of Exeter and Sam Raphael, Kingston University
24. Defence Trade, Suzette Grillot, University of Oklahoma
25. Health, Stefan Elbe, University of Sussex
26. Transnational Crime, Harold Trinkunas, The Brookings Institution and Jeanne Giraldo, US Naval Postgraduate School
27. Cyber-security, Myriam Dunn Cavelty, ETH Zurich
28. Security Studies: Past, Present, and Future, Barry Buzan, London School of Economics, and Ole Waever, University of Copenhagen

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