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1st Edition

Positive Security

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ISBN 9780415482790
December 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores current thinking about positive security and seeks to suggest a reformulated positive security concept, and to evaluate the efficacy of such a concept in terms of foreign and security policy.

Proceeding from a critical evaluation of McSweeney’s positive security approach, the author assesses the potential for reformulating positive security in other existing theoretical approaches: the Copenhagen School, the Welsh School, and largely Galtungian-defined Peace Studies and finally proposes a formulation of positive security defined as the ability of ‘orders’ (security referent objects) to achieve/maintain ‘just’ values, and secondly tackle the highly contentious issue of the use of force in the securing of these values.

In equating Positive Security with the achievement/maintenance of just values, the book, although locating itself within a tradition that is committed to ways of promoting equitable and cooperative relations between humans and human communities, will also seek to pose contentious questions of violent- as well as non-violent transformations.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, critical security and peace studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. The Dublin School: Positive Security as Ontological Security  3. The Copenhagen School: Positive Security as Desecuritization  4. The Aberystwyth School: Positive Security as Emancipation  5. A Return to Peace Studies? Positive Security and Positive Peace  6. (Re)Formulating Positive Security: ‘Just’ Values, Gender, and Resistance  7. Positive Security and the Use of Force  8. Conclusion

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Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv is Professor of International Relations at the Arctic University of Norway.

Ali Bilgic is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University, UK.