Rethinking Insecurity, War and Violence: Beyond Savage Globalization? is a collection of essays by scholars intent on rethinking the mainstream security paradigms.
Overall, this collection is intended to provide a broad and systematic analysis of the long-term sources of political, military and cultural insecurity from the local to the global. The book provides a stronger basis for understanding the causes of conflict and violence in the world today, one that adds a different dimension to the dominant focus on finding proximate causes and making quick responses
Too often the arenas of violence have been represented as if they have been triggered by reassertions of traditional and tribal forms of identity, primordial and irrational assertions of politics. Such ideas about the sources of insecurity have become entrenched in a wide variety of media sources, and have framed both government policies and academic arguments. Rather than treating the sources of insecurity as a retreat from modernity, this book complicates the patterns of global insecurity to a degree that takes the debates simply beyond assumptions that we are witnessing a savage return to a bloody and tribalized world.
It will be of particular interest to students and scholars of international relations, security studies, gender studies and globalization studies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Globalizing Insecurity 1. Debating Insecurity in a Globalizing World: An Introduction Damian Grenfell and Paul James 2. Globalization and the Changing Face of War Paul James and Jonathan Friedman 3. Globalization and the Limits of Current Security Paradigms Ronaldo Munck 4. Global Capitalism and the Production of Insecurity James Goodman Part 2: Reconceptualizing Security 5. New Wars and the Therapeutic Security Paradigm Michael Humphrey 6. Beyond the Construction of Consent in the War on Terror Kirsty Best 7. Recasting Western Knowledges about (Postcolonial) Security Phillip Darby 8. Environmental Security, Climate Change and Globalizing Terrorism Robyn Eckersley Part 3: Rethinking Localized Transnational Conflicts 9. Zones of Conflict and the Global War on Terror Martin Griffiths 10. Political Regimes in South East Asia and the War on Terror Garry Rodan 11. Insecurity, Risk, Identity and Violence in Kosovo John Tulloch 12. Beyond Ethnocracy and Conflict in Israel/Palestine? Oren Yiftachel Part 4: Renewal in the Aftermath of Violence 13. Governance: Rule and Reconstruction after War Richard Caplan 14. Reconciliation: Violence and Nation-Formation in Timor-Leste Damian Grenfell 15. Recovery: Taming the Rwa Bhineda after the Bali Bombings Jeff Lewis and Belinda Lewis 16. Resilience: Wantoks, Transnational Traders and Global Politics John Handmer and Wei Choong
Damian Grenfell is a researcher in the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
Paul James is Academic Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Cities Program (UNGCCP).