Security, Emancipation and the Politics of Health
A New Theoretical Perspective
By João Nunes
Routledge – 2014 – 160 pages
Series: PRIO New Security Studies
This book develops a new theoretical framework for the study of security issues and applies this to the case of health.
Building on the work of the ‘Welsh School’ of Security Studies, and drawing on contributions from the wider critical security literature, the book provides an emancipatory perspective on the health-security nexus – one which simultaneously teases out its underlying political assumptions, assesses its political effects and identifies potential for transformation.
Security, Emancipation and the Politics of Health challenges conventional wisdom in the field of health and international politics by conceiving of health as a fundamentally political issue, and not merely as a medical problem demanding ‘technical’ solutions and arrangements. The book shows how political processes of representation underpin notions of health and disease through an examination of three key areas: the linkages between immigration and the fear of disease; colonial medicine; and the ‘health as a bridge for peace’ literature. In order to successfully carry out this political investigation of health, the book develops an innovative theoretical framework inspired by the idea of ‘security as emancipation’, which goes beyond the existing emancipatory literature in security studies.
This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, health politics, sociology and IR in general.
Introduction: Health, Security and Politics Part I: A New Theoretical Perspective 1. The Reality of Security 2. The Subject of Security 3. The Power of Security Part II: Security, Emancipation and the Politics of Health 4. The Making of Health 5. Health and the Making of Politics 6. Health and Emancipation Conclusion: Unmaking and Remaking Health
Joao Nunes is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, and has a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, Wales.