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The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies - Recommended by Choice

" ... this work includes some new ways to slice the security pie."

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The 25 chapters of this handbook, written mostly by academic authors, offer self-critiques of the ever-changing and ever-widening field of security studies. Unlike other recent surveys and readers, such as Security Studies: An Introduction, Paul D. Williams, ed. (2008); Security Studies: A Reader, Christopher Hughes, ed. (2010); and the five-volume, 2,120-page Security Studies, Theo Farrell, ed.--all from Routledge--Burgess's contributions are essentially critical bibliographic review essays. This new Routledge Handbook has fewer chapters than the other works cited, and there is some topical overlap between them, but this work includes some new ways to slice the security pie (e.g., civilizational security, urban insecurity, security as ethics, and new mobile crime). As it assumes some degree of knowledge in each of the specialized subjects covered, the book is aimed primarily at advanced students, experts, and professionals. Few will read it cover to cover, but all will find it a good resource for current assessments of their particular subfields. Recommended for college libraries, collections supporting security studies programs, and larger public library systems.

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -- J. P. Smaldone, Georgetown University


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