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Critical Security Studies

Concepts and Cases

1997

Keith Krause and Michael C. Williams, editors

Critical Security Studies

Brings together a diverse new group of analysts seeking to explore issues of international relations and contribute to the development of a self-consciously critical perspective within security studies.

Brings together a diverse new group of analysts seeking to explore issues of international relations and contribute to the development of a self-consciously critical perspective within security studies.

“This is an exceptionally strong set of essays, with a first-rate introduction that discusses what critical security studies means, and a really provocative conclusion that ties together the book’s main themes in exemplary fashion. This is a pathbreaking book!” --Steve Smith, University of Wales, Aberyswyth

Contributors: Amitav Acharya, Mohammed Ayoob, Ken Booth, Beverly Crawford, Simon Dalby, Karin M. Fierke, Bradley S. Klein, Ronnie D. Lipschutz, David Mutimer, Thomas Risse-Kappen, Peter Vale, and R. B. J. Walker.

An outstanding collection. Highly engaging, theoretically sophisticated, and richly provocative- one that I would consider essential for anyone interested in teaching security studies today.

International Journal

Critical Security Studies was first published in 1997.

Many of the most interesting issues in post-Cold War international relations can be usefully examined through a prism labeled “security studies.” These issues include challenges to the state from “below” by ethnic and regional fragmentations, and from “above” by global economic, cultural, and environmental dynamics. This new volume brings together a diverse group of analysts seeking to explore these issues and contribute to the development of a self-consciously critical perspective within security studies.

The contributors to this volume offer a range of essays that share the goal of establishing the grounds for a broad and reflective dialogue about the nature of security and the practice of security. Chapters address such topics as security-building in postapartheid South Africa, the discourse of security in post-Cold War Europe, the construction of the problem of weapons proliferation, and the role of multilateral institutions in peace and security operations.

Operating on both conceptual and practical levels, Critical Security Studies directly engages substantive issues and questions of contemporary security studies in order to contribute to a theoretical reevaluation and practical reorientation of the field.

Contributors: Amitav Acharya, York U, Toronto; Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State U; Ken Booth, U of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK; Beverly Crawford, U of California, Berkeley; Simon Dalby, Carleton U, Ottawa; Karin M. Fierke, Nuffield College, Oxford U, UK; Bradley S. Klein, Clark U; Ronnie D. Lipschutz, U of California, Santa Cruz; David Mutimer, Keele U, UK; Thomas Risse-Kappen, U of Konstanz, Germany; Peter Vale, U of the Western Cape, South Africa; R. B. J. Walker, U of Victoria, British Columbia.

Keith Krause is associate professor of political science at York University in Toronto. Michael C. Williams is a professor of international politics at Aberystwyth University, Wales.

Copublished with the University College London Press


Critical Security Studies

Keith Krause is professor of political science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.

Michael C. Williams is a professor of international politics at Aberystwyth University, Wales.

Critical Security Studies

An outstanding collection. Highly engaging, theoretically sophisticated, and richly provocative- one that I would consider essential for anyone interested in teaching security studies today.

International Journal

The essays in Critical Security Studies add up to a coherent set of engagements with, and challenges to, orthodox thinking about security. The collection contains a number of distinctive voices representing different facets of a broad critical church, and this pluralism creates the impression of a mature challenge to orthodoxy. . . . All of the contributions are very accessible even when the issues they deal with are complex or abstract. Most appealing is the willingness of the contributors to move back and forth between conceptual explorations and substantive policy prescription. . . . This collection is eminently suitable for teaching purposes. Critical Security Studies is a text of central relevance to the study and teaching of international relations widely defined.

Peter Lawler, University of Manchester

This is an exciting and innovative collection of essays that focuses on a very different notion of security than that which characterizes traditional security studies. Krause and Williams have gathered together thirteen essays that confront the hidden assumptions of the conventional literature of security studies. This collection is exceptionally well integrated and is the first book-length treatment of critical security studies. Each of the essays is of a very high quality, but more importantly, the book constitutes a coherent overview of this exciting emerging approach to thinking about security studies. This is an exceptionally strong set of essays, with a first-rate introduction that discusses what critical security studies means, and a really provocative conclusion that ties together the book’s main themes in exemplary fashion. This is a pathbreaking book!

Steve Smith, University of Wales, Aberyswyth

Useful and thought provoking.

Canadian Journal of Political Science