Theory of World Security
What is real? What can we know? How might we act? This 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielClausen - LibraryThing
Booth’s work is unabashedly a work of critical security studies. Thus, it’s influences are marxism, the Frankfurt school of theorizing, and other works of critical security studies. Judged on its own ... Read full review
Review: Theory of World SecurityUser Review - Dermot Nolan - Goodreads
Having read numerous books on IR and IS over the past year this is by far the most readable and the most affecting. It should not have been bed time reading because of its depth and power. I recommend ... Read full review
Politics is the sphere of freedom
The pull of the world
PRACTICAL THEORY EMANCIPATORY REALISM
The cracked lookingglass
Are we all Americans now?
Is Clausewitz still relevant?
must be given full recognition conﬂict prevention and resolution are
challenges parsimoniousreductionist theories that posit the
3 Security emancipation community
Enlightenment versus totalitarianism
Two cheers for progress
is not what it was but that in itself underlines
Community and identity
4 Deepening broadening
Security as a derivative concept
Security as political practice
characterised by binaries most unhelpfully the reiﬁcation of the West
5 Being knowing doing
What can we know?
How might we act?
6 The world the world
Theory is constitutive
Is human security possible?
Can nature survive?
8 Who will own the twentyﬁrst
1 The intellectual challenge
We and those like us are paradigm cases of humanity
9 The New Twenty Years Crisis
The Great Reckoning
10 A long hot century
The odd thing about assassins