Theory of World Security (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 20, 2007 - Political Science
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What is real? What can we know? How might we act? This 2007 book sets out to answer these fundamental philosophical questions in a radical and original theory of security for our times. Arguing that the concept of security in world politics has long been imprisoned by conservative thinking, Ken Booth explores security as a precious instrumental value which gives individuals and groups the opportunity to pursue the invention of humanity rather than live determined and diminished lives. Booth suggests that human society globally is facing a set of converging historical crises. He looks to critical social theory and radical international theory to develop a comprehensive framework for understanding the historical challenges facing global business-as-usual and for planning to reconstruct a more cosmopolitan future. Theory of World Security is a challenge both to well-established ways of thinking about security and alternative approaches within critical security studies.
  

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Contents

Seeing but not seeing
12
Sanity without sense
21
Ceaseless exploration
27
2 Thinking theory critically
37
Critical global theorising
38
critical theory
40
The legacy of Marx
49
radical international theory
58
Practical theory
249
Politics is the sphere of freedom
261
The pull of the world
277
PRACTICAL THEORY EMANCIPATORY REALISM
278
7 Businessasusual
281
The cracked lookingglass
282
Are we all Americans now?
289
Is Clausewitz still relevant?
305

must be given full recognition conflict prevention and resolution are
69
challenges parsimoniousreductionist theories that posit the
80
3 Security emancipation community
95
Enlightenment versus totalitarianism
116
Two cheers for progress
124
is not what it was but that in itself underlines
127
Community and identity
134
4 Deepening broadening
149
Security as a derivative concept
150
Security as political practice
172
characterised by binaries most unhelpfully the reification of the West
176
5 Being knowing doing
182
What can we know?
192
How might we act?
198
Ordering reality
206
6 The world the world
209
Theory is constitutive
247
Is human security possible?
321
Can nature survive?
327
8 Who will own the twentyfirst
337
Humanising globalisation
360
1 The intellectual challenge
376
Inventing humanity
378
We and those like us are paradigm cases of humanity
384
9 The New Twenty Years Crisis
395
The Great Reckoning
396
Structural crisis
401
Decisional crisis
403
Remember us?
419
10 A long hot century
427
3 Law
434
The odd thing about assassins
453
Daylight?
465

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About the author (2007)

Ken Booth is E. H. Carr Professor in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. He was the first president of the British International Studies Association and is the current editor of International Relations.

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