A World of Insecurity: Anthropological Perspectives of Human Security

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Ellen Bal, Oscar Salemink
Pluto Press, Mar 15, 2010 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
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Human security is a key element in the measure of well-being and is a hot topic in anthropology and development studies. A World of Insecurity outlines a new approach to the subject. The contributors expose a contradiction at the heart of conventional accounts of what constitutes human security namely that without taking non-material considerations such as religion, ethnicity and gender into account, discussions of human security, academically and in practical terms, are incomplete, inconclusive and deeply flawed. A variety of compelling case studies indicate that, in fact, material security alone cannot adequately explain or fully account for human activity in a range of different settings, and exposd to a variety of different threats. This forceful intervention will expand and deepen the entire concept of human security, in the process endowing it with political relevance. It is an essential book for students of development studies and anthropology.

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oslo and author of Ethnicity and Nationalism (1994; 2002) and Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (1995; 2001). Ellen Bal is Lecturer in Anthropology at the Free University of Amsterdam and the author of They ask if we eat frogs: Garo ethnicity in Bangladesh (2007). Oscar Salemink is Professor of Anthropology and Head of Department in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Free University of Amsterdam, and is the author of The Ethnography of Vietnam's Central Highlanders: A Historical Contextualization, 1850-1990 (2003).

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