Critique, Security and Power: The Political Limits to Emancipatory Approaches

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book aims to engage with contemporary security discourses from a critical perspective. It argues that rather than being a radical, analytical outlook, much critical security theory fails to fulfil its promise to pose a challenge to contemporary power relations.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The problem of idealism: Critical and emancipatory security theory in contextp. 19
'Theory is always for someone and for some purpose': The theoretical limits of critical and emancipatory theoryp. 41
Critical approaches to the Yugoslav break-up and warsp. 62
Domestic exclusions: Citizenship and the statep. 81
International exclusions: Re-considering international policyp. 100
Power and agency in the post-pluralist security frameworkp. 119
Conclusion: The political limits to critical and emancipatory approaches to security and conflictp. 135
Notesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 159
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