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Globalization, Difference, and Human Security

1st Edition

Edited by Mustapha Kamal Pasha


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Globalization, Difference, and Human Security seeks to advance critical human security studies by re-framing the concept of human security in terms of the thematic of difference. Drawing together a wide range of contributors, the volume is framed, among others, around the following key questions:

  • What are the silences and erasures of advancing a critical human security alternative without making recognition of difference its central plank?How do we rethink the complex interplay of human security and difference in distinct and varied spatial and cultural settings produced by global forces?
  • What is the nexus between human security and the broader field of global development?
  • What new challenges to Human Security and International Relations are produced with the rise of the ‘post-liberal’ or ‘post-secular’ subject?
  • In what ways releasing human security from identification with the territorial state helps reconceptualize culture?
  • How does Human Security serve as a subspecies of modern humanitarian thought or the latter reinforce imperial imaginaries and the structures of order and morality?
  • Is the pursuit of indigenous rights fundamentally counterpoised to the pursuit of human security?
  • What difference it might make to take the ‘doings and beings’ of communities-of-subsistence rather than basic-needs/wealth-seeking individuals as a point of departure in critical human security studies?
  • How does reconstruction bind post-war and post-disaster states and societies into the global capitalist-democratic political structure?


Globalization, Difference, and Human Security is an outstanding collection of essays by an outstanding cast of scholars. From the first chapter to the last, the contributions are theoretically innovative and politically astute. As a whole, the collection issues a serious critical challenge to international studies and to both scholarly and applied policy communities. Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

Pasha and his collaborators unravel the liberal underpinnings of ‘human security’ and properly locate it at the heart of contemporary operations of power while somehow managing to retrieve it as a potentially critical concept. This is a valuable contribution on a much contested concept. Vivienne Jabri, King’s College London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction Mustapha Kamal Pasha PART I Genealogy and Critique 1. Human Security, IR, and Difference Craig N. Murphy 2. Global Politics of Human Security Heloise Weber 3. Rethinking the Subject of Human Security David Chandler 4. Human Security, Culture, and Globalization: Transculturality, Creative Practice, or Oeuvre? Matt Davies 5. De-Secularizing the ‘Human’ Giorgio Shani PART II Other Horizons 6. The Missing Human: Human Security, and Empire Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui 7. Developmentalism, Human Security, Indigenous Rights Robbie Shilliam 8. Slums, ‘Subsistence’ and Human Security Ritu Vij 9. Indigeneity and Difference Jean Simon and Claudio González Parra PART III Difference, Globalization, and Governing Practices 10. The Fantastic Social World of Human Security through Global Governance Martin Weber 11. The Romance of Global Health Security Vannesa Pupavac 12. Slavery Remains in Reconstruction and Development Anna Agathangelou

About the Editor

Mustapha Kamal Pasha is Chair in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

  • Jenny Edkins ( and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General