Contemporary Security Studies

With in-depth coverage of a wide range of issues, from terrorism, inter-state conflict, and nuclear deterrence to environmental security, health, and organized crime, Contemporary Security Studies is the definitive introduction to security studies. Bringing together leading scholars, it provides a student-friendly guide to traditional and critical theoretical approaches, as well the most important issues that dominate the modern security agenda. Throughout the text, students are encouraged to question their own preconceptions 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, which demonstrate the real world applications, relevance, and implications of the theory.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction: What is Security Studies?

  2. Realism

  3. Liberalism and Liberal Internationalism

  4. Historical Materialism

  5. Peace Studies

  6. Social Constructivism

  7. Critical Security Studies: A Schismastic History

  8. Poststructural Insights: Making Subjects and Objects of Security

  9. Postcolonialism

  10. Human Security

  11. Gender and Security

  12. Securitization

  13. Military Security

  14. Regime Security

  15. Societal Security

  16. Environmental Security

  17. Economic Security

  18. Globalization, Development and Security

  19. Coercive Diplomacy: Countering War-Threatening Crises and Armed Conflicts

  20. Weapons of Mass Destruction

  21. Terrorism

  22. Humanitarian Intervention

  23. Energy Security

  24. The Weapons Trade

  25. Health and Security

  26. Transnational Crime

  27. Cyber Security

  28. After the Return to Theory: The Past, Present and Future of Security Studies