PRIO New Security Studies


The aim of this book series is to gather state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research into a core set of volumes that respond vigorously and dynamically to new challenges to security studies scholarship.

  • Governing Borders and Security

    The Politics of Connectivity and Dispersal

    Edited by Catarina Kinnvall, Ted Svensson

    This book explores and maps the relationship between borders, security and global governance. Theoretically, the book seeks to establish to what degree, and in what ways, traditional notions of borders, security and (global) governance are being eroded, undermined and contested in the context of a…

    Paperback – 2015-12-24 
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  • Transformations of Security Studies

    Dialogues, Diversity and Discipline

    Edited by Gabi Schlag, Julian Junk, Christopher Daase

    This volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars to engage in a dialogue on key developments in the study of security. The book provides a comprehensive overview of theoretical, empirical and methodological developments within security studies, whose political and societal importance…

    Hardback – 2015-11-12 
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  • Security, Technology and Global Politics

    Thinking with Virilio

    By Mark Lacy

    This book analyses some of the key problems explored in Paul Virilio’s theorising on war and security. Paul Virilio has developed a provocative series of writings on how modern societies have shaped the acceleration of military/security technologies – and how technologies of security and…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
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  • Security Expertise

    Practice, Power, Responsibility

    Edited by Trine Villumsen Berling, Christian Bueger

    This volume brings together scholars from different fields to explore the power, consequences and everyday practices of security expertise. Expertise mediates between different forms of knowledge: scientific and technological, legal, economic and political knowledge. This book offers the first…

    Hardback – 2015-04-22
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  • Security, Emancipation and the Politics of Health

    A New Theoretical Perspective

    By Joao Nunes

    This book develops a new theoretical framework for the study of security issues and applies this to the case of health. Building on the work of the ‘Welsh School’ of Security Studies, and drawing on contributions from the wider critical security literature, the book provides an emancipatory…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Biopolitics of Security

    A Political Analytic of Finitude

    By Michael Dillon

    Taking its inspiration from Michel Foucault, this volume of essays integrates the analysis of security into the study of modern political and cultural theory. Explaining how both politics and security are differently problematised by changing accounts of time, the work shows how, during the course…

    Paperback – 2015-01-29
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  • Conflict Resolution and Ontological Security

    Peace Anxieties

    Edited by Bahar Rumelili

    This volume highlights the ways in which the prospect of peace can generate anxieties and consequently set in motion social and political processes that reproduce and reactivate conflicts. In analysing this issue, the volume builds on the notion of ontological security and its recent applications…

    Hardback – 2015-01-12
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  • Contesting Security

    Strategies and Logics

    Edited by Thierry Balzacq

    Contesting Security investigates to what extent the ‘logic of security’, which underpins securitization, can be contained, rolled back or dismantled. Featuring legitimacy as a cement of security practices, this volume presents a detailed account of the "logic" which sustains security in order to…

    Hardback – 2014-11-26
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  • Critical Security and Chinese Politics

    The Anti-Falungong Campaign

    By Juha A. Vuori

    This book examines how critical approaches to security developed in Europe can be used to investigate a Chinese security issue - the case of the Falungong. The past few decades have produced a rich field of theoretical approaches to ‘security’ in Europe. In this book, the security-specific notions…

    Hardback – 2014-08-08
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  • Transnational Companies and Security Governance

    Hybrid Practices in a Postcolonial World

    By Jana Hönke

    This book investigates governance practiced by non-state actors. It analyses how multinational mining companies protect their sites in fragile contexts and what that tells us about political ordering 'beyond' the state. Based on extensive primary research in the Democratic Republic of Congo,…

    Paperback – 2014-07-04
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  • Citizenship and Security

    The Constitution of Political Being

    Edited by Xavier Guillaume, Jef Huysmans

    This book engages the intense relationship between citizenship and security in modern politics. It focuses on questions of citizenship in security analysis in order to critically evaluate how political being is and can be constituted in relation to securitising practices. In light of contemporary…

    Paperback – 2013-07-15
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  • Securitization, Accountability and Risk Management

    Transforming the Public Security Domain

    Edited by Karin Svedberg Helgesson, Ulrika Mörth

    This edited volume examines the reconstitution of the public security domain since the 9/11 attacks, focusing on the banking sector and anti-money laundering (AML) activity in particular. Since the inception of the ‘Financial Action Taskforce’ (FATF) in 1989, AML has been viewed as a global problem…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • Commercialising Security in Europe

    Political Consequences for Peace Operations

    Edited by Anna Leander

    This book examines the political consequences of European security commercialisation through increased reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs). The role of commercial security in the domestic setting in Europe is widely acknowledged; after all, the biggest private security…

    Paperback – 2013-02-22
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  • Politics of Catastrophe

    Genealogies of the Unknown

    By Claudia Aradau, Rens Van Munster

    This book argues that catastrophe is a particular way of governing future events – such as terrorism, climate change or pandemics – which we cannot predict but which may strike suddenly, without warning, and cause irreversible damage. At a time where catastrophe increasingly functions as a…

    Paperback – 2012-04-17
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  • Critical Perspectives on Human Security

    Rethinking Emancipation and Power in International Relations

    Edited by David Chandler, Nik Hynek

    This new book presents critical approaches towards Human Security, which has become one of the key areas for policy and academic debate within Security Studies and IR. The Human Security paradigm has had considerable significance for academics, policy-makers and practitioners. Under the rubric of…

    Paperback – 2012-03-21
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  • Security, the Environment and Emancipation

    Contestation over Environmental Change

    By Matt McDonald

    This book offers an examination of the role of emancipation in the study and practice of security, focusing on the issue of environmental change. The end of the Cold War created a context in which traditional approaches to security could be systematically questioned. This period also saw a…

    Paperback – 2011-08-24
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  • Security, Risk and the Biometric State

    Governing Borders and Bodies

    By Benjamin J. Muller

    This book examines a series of questions associated with the increasing application and implications of biometrics in contemporary everyday life. In the wake of the events of 9/11, the reliance on increasingly sophisticated and invasive technologies across a burgeoning field of applications has…

    Paperback – 2011-02-28
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  • The Ethical Subject of Security

    Geopolitical Reason and the Threat Against Europe

    By J. Peter Burgess

    While critical security studies largely concentrates on objects of security, this book focuses on the subject position from which ‘securitization’ and other security practices take place. First, it argues that the modern subject itself emerges and is sustained as a function of security and…

    Paperback – 2011-02-07
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  • Feminist Security Studies

    A Narrative Approach

    By Annick T. R. Wibben

    This book rethinks security theory from a feminist perspective – uniquely, it engages feminism, security, and strategic studies to provide a distinct feminist approach to security studies. The volume explicitly works toward an opening up of security studies that would allow for feminist (and other…

    Paperback – 2010-12-15
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  • Securitization Theory

    How Security Problems Emerge and Dissolve

    Edited by Thierry Balzacq

    This volume aims to provide a new framework for the analysis of securitization processes, increasing our understanding of how security issues emerge, evolve and dissolve. Securitisation theory has become one of the key components of security studies and IR courses in recent years, and this book…

    Paperback – 2010-08-09
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  • Security and Global Governmentality

    Globalization, Governance and the State

    Edited by Miguel de Larrinaga, Marc G. Doucet

    This book examines global governance through Foucaultian notions of governmentality and security, as well as the complex intersections between the two. The volume explores how Foucault's understanding of the general economy of power in modern society allows us to consider the connection of two…

    Hardback – 2010-05-19
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  • The Geopolitics of American Insecurity

    Terror, Power and Foreign Policy

    Edited by Francois Debrix, Mark Lacy

    This edited volume examines the political, social, and cultural insecurities that the United States is faced with in the aftermath of its post-9/11 foreign policy and military ventures. The contributors critically detail the new strategies and ideologies of control, governance, and hegemony America…

    Paperback – 2009-11-27
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