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1st Edition

The Politics of Protection
Sites of Insecurity and Political Agency

ISBN 9780415499163
Published February 27, 2009 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This new book shows how from the end of the Cold War, the security agenda has been transformed and redefined, academically and politically.

It focuses on the theme of protection. It moves away from the dominant question of whom or what is threatening to the crucial questions of who is to be protected, and in the case of conflicting claims, who has the capacity to define whose needs prevail.

It also poses the question of political agency in relation to some of the most significant questions raised in relation to the governance of insecurity and protection in the contemporary world. The authors identify and explore issues that challenge or raise a number of questions about the traditional notion that states are to protect their citizens through retaining a monopoly over the legitimate use of violence.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Agency and The Politics of Protection: Implications for Security Studies

Jef Huysmans

Chapter 2. Privatizing the Politics of Protection: Military Companies and the Definition of Security Concerns

Anna Leander

Chapter 3. Privatisation, Globalisation, and the Politics of Protection in South Africa

Rita Abrahamsen and Michael C. Williams

Chapter 4. Taking Rights, Mediating Wrongs: Disagreements over the Political Agency of Non-Status Refugees.

Peter Nyers

Chapter 5. Resisting Sovereign Power: Camps In-between Exception and Dissent.

Raffaela Puggioni

Chapter 6. Protection: security, territory and population.

Didier Bigo

Chapter 7. "Civilizing" the Balkans, Protecting Europe: the International Politics of Reconstruction in Bosnia and Kosovo

Alexandra Gheciu

Chapter 8. The Judicialisation of Armed Conflict: transforming the 21st Century

Elspeth Guild

Chapter 9. The Limits of Agency in Times of Emergency

Vivienne Jabri

Chapter 10. Sovereignty, International Security and the Regulation of Armed Conflict: the Possibilities of Political Agency

Neil Walker

Chapter 11. Do we need (to protect) nature?

Andrew Dobson

Chapter 12. On the Protection of Nature and the Nature of Protection

R.B.J. Walker

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Jef Huysmans is Lecturer in Government and Politics at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Andrew Dobson is Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Politics and Government at The Open University. Raia Prokhovnik is Senior Lecturer in Government and Politics, also at The Open University.


'This collection of essays provides a meeting point for theorists and practitioners to discuss the current controversies surrounding security and protection.'

- Alistair D. B. Cook , The University of Melbourne