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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Human Security

ISBN 9780415581288
Published November 1, 2013 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

This Handbook will serve as a standard reference guide to the subject of human security, which has grown greatly in importance over the past twenty years.

Human security has been part of academic and policy discourses since it was first promoted by the UNDP in its 1994 Human Development Report. Filling a clear gap in the current literature, this volume brings together some of the key scholars and policy-makers who have contributed to its emergence as a mainstream concept, including Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen and Sadako Ogata, who jointly chaired the 2001 Commission on Human Security. Drawing upon a range of theoretical and empirical analyses, the Handbook provides examples of the use of human security in policies as diverse as disaster management, arms control and counter-terrorism, and in different geographic and institutional settings from Asia to Africa, and the UN. It also raises important questions about how the concept might be adapted and operationalised in future.

Over the course of the book, the authors draw on three key aspects of human security thinking:

  1. Theoretical issues to do with defining human security as a specific discourse
  2. Human security from a policy and institutional perspective, and how it is operationalised in different policy and geographic contexts
  3. Case studies and empirical work

Featuring some of the leading scholars in the field, the Routledge Handbook of Human Security will be essential reading for all students of human security, critical security, conflict and development, peace and conflict studies, and of great interest to students of international security and IR in general.


Table of Contents

Introduction, Mary Martin and Taylor Owen  Part I: Concepts of Human Security  1. Birth of a Discourse, Amartya Sen  2. From definitions to investigating a discourse, Des Gasper  3. In Defense of the Broad View of Human Security, Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh  4. Human Security Thresholds, Taylor Owen  5. Filling the security gap. Human Security, Human Rights and Human Development, Mary Kaldor  6. Critical Perspectives on Human Security, Keith Krause  7. The Siren Song of Human Security, Ryerson Christie  8. Why Human Security?The Case for Resilience in an Urban Century, Peter Liotta and Aybüke Bilgin  Part II: Human Security Applications  9. Violent conflict and the individual security dilemma, Mient Jan Faber and Martijn Dekker  10. Security and development. Context specific approaches to human insecurity, Richard Jolly  11. Human Security in the R2P Era, Lloyd Axworthy  12. Human Security and War, Jennifer Leaning  13. Human Security and Natural Disasters, Thea Hilhorst, Alp Ozerdem and Erin Smith  14. Food and Human Security, Robert Bailey  15. Navigating the 'national security' barrier:a human security agenda for arms control in the 21st century, Deepayan Basu Ray  16. Adjusting the Paradigm: A Human Security Framework for Combating Terrorism, Cindy R. Jebb and Andrew A. Gallo  Part III: Human Security Actors  17. The United Nations and Human Security: Between Solidarism and Pluralism, Edward Newman  18. Japan and Networked Human Security, Yukio Takasu  19. The European Union and Human Security. The making of a global security actor, Javier Solana  20. The Pan-Africanization of Human Security, Thomas Kwasi Tieku  21. Human Security and Asia, Paul Evans  Part IV: Human Security Tools  22. Econometrics and human security, Mansoob Murshed  23. From Concept to Method: The challenge of a human security methodology, Mary Martin and Denisa Kostovicova  25. Human Security Mapping, Taylor Owen   25. Human security: idea, policy, and law, Gerd Oberleitner  Conclusion, Taylor Owen and Mary Martin

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Mary Martin is a Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics, UK. 

Taylor Owen is the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, USA.