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Contemporary Security Studies

Fifth Edition

Edited by Alan Collins

December 2018

ISBN: 9780198804109

560 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The definitive introduction to Security Studies, focussing on the key theoretical approaches and most important issues that dominate the modern security agenda.



Contemporary Security Studies is the definitive introduction to security studies, focussing on the key theoretical approaches and most important issues that dominate the modern security agenda. Its team of expert scholars provides unmatched depth of coverage to give the most relevant, up-to-date guide to the subject available.

  • Offers broad coverage of contemporary security studies, giving lecturers the flexibility to use the text in a way that directly supports their teaching.
  • Provides a depth of coverage of theories and concepts, unmatched by any other security studies textbook.
  • Brings together carefully edited contributions from international experts in the field, giving students insights from a range of leading scholars.
  • Challenges students to question their own assumptions, encouraging the development of critical thinking skills.
  • 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.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on regime security provides important insights on the insecurities confronting many regimes in the developing world.
  • New content on liberal internationalism provides greater depth of coverage of international security cooperation and governance.
  • A revised Chapter 8 on poststructuralism builds on students' understanding of critical approaches to security.
  • Every chapter has been updated to reflect current political issues and developments in world affairs, such as the Trump presidency, the conflict in Syria, and new cyber security threats.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Alan Collins, Swansea University

Alan Collins is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Swansea University.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: What is Security Studies?, Alan Collins
    Part 1: Approaches to Security
    2:Realism, Charles L. Glaser
    3:Liberalism and Liberal Internationalism, Patrick Morgan
    4:Historical Materialism, Eric Herring
    5:Peace Studies, Paul Rogers
    6:Social Constructivism, Christine Agius
    7:Critical Security Studies: A Schismatic History, David Mutimer
    8:Poststructural Insights: Making Subjects and Objects of Security, J. Marshall Beier
    9:Postcolonialism, Mark Laffey and Suthaharan Nadarajah
    10:Human Security, Randolph B. Persaud
    11:Gender and Security, Caroline Kennedy and Sophia Dingli
    12:Securitization, Ralf Emmers
    Part 2: Deepening and Broadening Security
    13:Military Security, Michael Sheehan
    14:Regime Security, Andreas Krieg
    15:Societal Security, Paul Roe
    16:Environmental Security, Jon Barnett and Geoffrey Dabelko
    17:Economic Security, Gary M. Shiffman
    18:Globalization, Development, and Security, Nana K. Poku and Jacqueline Therkelsen
    Part 3: Traditional and Non-Traditional Security
    19:Coercive Diplomacy: Countering War-Threatening Crises and Armed Conflicts, Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    20:Weapons of Mass Destruction, James J. Wirtz
    21:Terrorism, Brenda Lutz and James Lutz
    22:Humanitarian Intervention, Alex J. Bellamy and Stephen McLoughlin
    23:Energy Security, Sam Raphael and Doug Stokes
    24:The Weapons Trade, Suzette R. Grillot
    25:Health and Security, Stefan Elbe
    26:Transnational Crime, Harold Trinkunas
    27:Cyber-Security, Myriam Dunn Cavelty
    28:After the Return to Theory: The Past, Present, and Future of Security Studies, Ole Wæver and Barry Buzan


"Review from previous edition Accessible in its approach, logical in its structure, impressive in its coverage without being superficial, and genuinely absorbing to read. " - Dr Alexander Mackenzie, University of Liverpool

"This book provides depth of coverage of both theory and contemporary issues, and provides a definitive, student-friendly introduction to security studies. " - Dr Kamil Zwolski, University of Southampton

Additional Resources

The book is supported by online resources designed to help students take their learning further.

For students:
- Explore relevant security issues in greater depth with additional online case studies.
- Test your understanding of the key ideas and themes in each chapter with self-marking multiple-choice questions.
- Expand your knowledge of the subject with web links to additional reliable sources.

For registered lecturers:
- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations, or as hand-outs in class.

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