Rethinking Insecurity, War and Violence: Beyond Savage Globalization?

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Damian Grenfell, Paul Warren James
Routledge, 2009 - Political Science - 233 pages
This collection of essays rethinks the security paradigm in the context of the War on Terror, providing a broad and systematic analysis of the long-term sources of political, military and cultural insecurity from the local to the global.The authors present an analysis of the contemporary state of violence that moves beyond identifying the immediate threats. They explore the interconnections between globalization, conflict and the threats to human security, including ecological and gender insecurities, and examine the deeper sources of insecurity in order to provide a stronger basis for mitigating violence and other forms of insecurity in the world today, and thus to orient policy decisions in relation to local, regional and global security problems.The volume is divided into four sections: reconceptualizing insecurity security and globalization the relationship between the local and the global post-conflict forms of recovery and reconciliation. All of the chapters work to challenge the kinds of conceptions of insecurity that are dominated by traditional discourses of war and conflict, problematizing and rewriting sets of assumptions that reflect significant contemporary shifts in debates on insecurity. Rethinking Security and Violence will be of strong importance to students and scholars of international relations, security studies, gender studies and globalization studies.

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About the author (2009)

Damian Grenfell is a researcher in the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Paul James is Academic Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Cities Program (UNGCCP).

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