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By Laura J. Shepherd

Focusing on serious methods to protection, this new textbook deals readers either an overview of the major theoretical perspectives and a variety of methodological techniques. 

With a cautious explication of center techniques in every one bankruptcy and an creation that lines the improvement of severe techniques to protection, this textbook will inspire all those that interact with it to enhance a interest concerning the learn and practices of safety politics. hard the assumptions of traditional theories and techniques, unsettling that which was once formerly taken without any consideration – those are one of the ways that this kind of interest works. via its recognition to the truth that, and the ways that, safeguard issues in international politics, this paintings will either pioneer new methods of learning defense and recognize the noteworthy scholarship with no which it could possibly now not were proposal.

This textbook should be crucial interpreting to complex undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of severe safeguard experiences, and hugely steered to scholars of conventional protection reviews, diplomacy and Politics.

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For many critical theorists, this epistemology is problematic in that it sets up a never-ending defensive and offensive construct that thrives upon an underlying fear of engagement with difference (see, for further discussion of difference and politics, Chapter 7 of this book). A second strand of critique builds on post-positivist work of critical Security Studies that emphasizes the political dangers involved in broadening the concept of security in ways that militarize issues and people in problematic ways, having unintended and even counterproductive consequences.

Noes 1 On the difference between thin and thick constructivism, see the oft-cited work of Alexander Wendt in which he distinguishes thin (social scientific) from thick (linguistic) (1999: 75). 2 Other colleagues have advised ‘feminism by stealth’ as a publication strategy, submitting articles that do not contain ‘gender’ or ‘feminist’ in the title (which I have not been very good at). Sources for further reading and research Caprioli, M. and Boyer, M. (2001) ‘Gender, Violence and International Crisis’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 45(4): 503–518.

3 For example, it is hard to know where human rights and human development end and where human security begins. For all their similarities, important demarcations may be drawn between human security, human development and human rights. For example, Tadjbakhsh and Chenoy (2007: 105) find human security to be an important safeguard against sudden crises which threaten to overturn human development gains. In this way, human development is the ‘purpose or main goal of people’s existence’ while human security ‘stresses the essential conditions for achieving that purpose’ (Tadjbakhsh and Chenoy 2007: 106).

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