Critical Security Studies
An Introduction, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2014 – 216 pages
This textbook introduces students to the sub-field of critical security studies through a detailed yet accessible survey of emerging theories and practices. This new edition contains two new chapters and has been fully revised and updated.
Written in an accessible and clear manner, Critical Security Studies:
The book is divided into two main parts. The first section, ‘Approaches’, surveys the newly extended and contested theoretical terrain of Critical Security Studies, and the different schools within the subdiscipline, including Feminist, Postcolonial, Constructivist and Poststructuralist viewpoints. The second, ‘Issues’, offers examples of how these various theoretical approaches have been put to work against the backdrop of a diverse range of issues in contemporary security practices, from environmental, human and homeland security to border security, health security and the 'War on Terror'.
The historical and geographical scope of the book is deliberately broad and readers are introduced to a number of key illustrative case studies. Each of the chapters in Part II acts concretely to illustrate one or more of the approaches discussed in Part I, with clear internal referencing allowing the text to act as a holistic learning tool for students.
This book will be essential reading for upper-level students of Critical Security Studies, and an important resource for students of International/Global Security, Political Theory, and IR in general.
Columba Peoples is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics, University of Bristol, UK.
Nick Vaughan-Williams is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics, University of Warwick, UK.
Introduction: Mapping Critical Security Studies, and Travelling Without Maps PART I: Approaches 1. Constructivist Theories 2. Critical Theory 3. Feminist and Gender approaches to Security 4. Postcolonialism 5. Poststructuralism and International Political Sociology 6. Securitization Theory PART II: Issues 7. Environmental Security 8. Health9. Homeland Security and ‘The War against Terrorism’ 10. Human Security and Development 11. Migration and Border Security 12. Technology and Warfare in the Information Age Bibliography
Nick Vaughan-Williams is Associate Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick, and author/editor of five books, including Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power (2012).
Columba Peoples is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol and author of Justifying Ballistic Missile Defence (2010).