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Published: 14 May 2022

584 Pages

9.7 x 7.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198862192

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Contemporary Security Studies

Sixth Edition

Edited by Alan Collins

  • Offers broad, easy-to-digest coverage of all of the key theories and concepts in Security Studies
  • Brings together carefully edited contributions from international experts in the field, giving students insights from a range of leading scholars
  • 'Think point' boxes challenge students to question their own assumptions, and help to develop critical thinking skills
  • Case study boxes encourage students to connect theory and practice by demonstrating the real-world manifestations of political issues
  • Includes coverage of critical Security Studies perspectives, including poststructuralism and postcolonialism
  • Considers a broad range of traditional and non-traditional security issues, from inter-state armed conflict and nuclear weapons, to security issues centring on the environment, crime and cyber-attacks
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this Edition:

  • A new Chapter 13 on popular culture introduces students to this innovative approach to Security Studies, exploring the role that it plays in shaping and understanding security-related processes, including managing conflicts, supporting transitions to peace, and its uses and limitations as a source of soft power
  • A revised Chapter 12 on securitization theory traces its emergence and evolution as a framework for analysis, covering the main concepts and criticisms, and helping students to develop their understanding of constructivist approaches to security
  • Chapter 27 on transnational crime has been reworked to include coverage of the 'crime-terror nexus', the relationship between organized crime and the state, and a case study focusing on Mexico, helping students to apply theory to the real world
  • Every chapter has been thoroughly updated to reflect current political issues and developments in world affairs, such as the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and forced migration

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