Research Methods in Critical Security Studies

Research Methods in Critical Security Studies

Drawing upon their own experiences and projects, thirty-three authors address the following turns over the course of six comprehensive sections: Part I: Research Design Part II: The Ethnographic Turn Part III: The Practice Turn Part IV: The ...

Author: Mark B. Salter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136260841

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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This new textbook surveys new and emergent methods for doing research in critical security studies, thereby filling a large gap in the literature of this emerging field. New or critical security studies is growing as a field, but still lacks a clear methodology; the diverse range of the main foci of study (culture, practices, language, or bodies) means that there is little coherence or conversation between these four schools or approaches. In this ground-breaking collection of fresh and emergent voices, new methods in critical security studies are explored from multiple perspectives, providing practical examples of successful research design and methodologies. Drawing upon their own experiences and projects, thirty-three authors address the following turns over the course of six comprehensive sections: Part I: Research Design Part II: The Ethnographic Turn Part III: The Practice Turn Part IV: The Discursive Turn Part V: The Corporeal Turn Part VI: The Material Turn This book will be essential reading for upper-level students and researchers in the field of critical security studies, and of much interest to students of sociology, ethnography and IR.
Categories: Political Science

Critical Security Methods

Critical Security Methods

The book will be a valuable resource for students and researchers in critical security studies, politics and international relations.

Author: Claudia Aradau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134716197

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

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Critical Security Methods offers a new approach to research methods in critical security studies. It argues that methods are not simply tools to bridge the gap between security theory and security practice. Rather, to practise methods critically means engaging in a more free and experimental interplay between theory, methods and practice. This recognises that the security practices we research are often methods in their own right, as forms of surveillance, data mining, visualisation, and so on, and that our own research methods are themselves practices that intervene and interfere in those sites of security and insecurity. Against the familiar methdological language of rigour, detachment and procedural consistency, Critical Security Methods reclaims the idea of method as experiment. The chapters offer a series of methodological experimentations that assemble concepts, theory and empirical cases into new frameworks for critical security research. They show how critical engagement and methodological innovation can be practiced as interventions into diverse instances of insecurity and securitisation, including airports, drug trafficking, peasant struggles, biometrics and police kettling. The book will be a valuable resource for students and researchers in critical security studies, politics and international relations.
Categories: Political Science

Critical Security Studies

Critical Security Studies

(2009) 'Femina Sacra: The “War on/of Terror”, Women and the Feminine',
Security Dialogue, 40: 29–49. ... Mutlu, Can and Mark B. Salter (2013) Research
Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction (London and New York, NY:
 ...

Author: Columba Peoples

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000227376

Category: Political Science

Page: 284

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This textbook introduces students to the sub-field of critical security studies through a detailed yet accessible survey of emerging theories and practices. This third edition contains two new chapters – on ‘Ontological security’ and ‘(In)Security and the everyday’ – and has been fully revised and updated. Written in an accessible and clear manner, Critical Security Studies: offers a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to critical security studies locates critical security studies within the broader context of social and political theory evaluates fundamental theoretical positions in critical security studies against a backdrop of new security challenges. The book is divided into two main parts. Part I, ‘Approaches’, surveys the newly extended and contested theoretical terrain of critical security studies: constructivist theories, Critical Theory, feminist and gender approaches, postcolonial perspectives, poststructuralism and International Political Sociology, Ontological security, and securitisation theory. Part II, ‘Issues’, examines how these various theoretical approaches have been put to work in critical considerations of environmental and planetary security; health, human security and development; information, technology and warfare; migration and border security; (in)security and the everyday; and terror, risk and resilience. The historical and geographical scope of the book is deliberately broad and each of the chapters in Part II concretely illustrates one or more of the approaches discussed in Part I, with clear internal referencing allowing the text to act as a holistic learning tool for students. This book is essential reading for upper level students of critical security studies, and an important resource for students of international/global security, political theory and international relations.
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International Relations Last Synthesis

International Relations  Last Synthesis

E.g., Priya Dixit and Jacob L. Stump, eds., Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies (
London: Routledge, 2016); Mark Salter and Can Mutlu, eds., Research Methods
in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2013); Claudia ...

Author: J. Samuel Barkin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190463441

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 808

Many scholars, intentionally or unintentionally, have entangled constructivisms and critical theories in problematic ways, either by assigning a critical-theoretical politics to constructivisms or by assuming the appropriateness of constructivist epistemology and methods for critical theorizing. IR's Last Synthesis? makes the argument that these connections mirror IR's grand theoretical syntheses of the 1980s and 1990s and have similar constraining effects on the possibilities of IR theory. They have been made without adequate reflection, in contradiction to the base assumptions of each theoretical perspective, and to the detriment of both knowledge accumulation about global politics and theoretical rigor in disciplinary IR. It is not that constructivisms and critical theories have no common ground; rather, the fact that it has become routine for IR scholars to overstate their common ground is counterproductive to the discovery and utilization of their potential dialogues. To that end, IR's Last Synthesis? argues that scholars using the two in conjunction should be cognizant of, rather than gloss over, the tensions between the approaches and the tools they have to offer. Along these lines, the book uses the concept of affordances to look at what each has to offer the other, and to argue for a modest, reflective, specified return to (constructivist and critical) IR theorizing. By rejecting its over-simple syntheses, this book hews a road toward reviving IR theorizing.
Categories: Political Science

Secrecy and Methods in Security Research

Secrecy and Methods in Security Research

... to discussions of research methods. (Mutlu 2015, 932) Taking that argument a
step further by focusing more on rigour, moving beyond just transparency, here I
argue that critical security studies researchers must be honest to themselves and
 ...

Author: Marieke De Goede

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429675348

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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This book analyses the challenges of secrecy in security research, and develops a set of methods to navigate, encircle and work with secrecy. How can researchers navigate secrecy in their fieldwork, when they encounter confidential material, closed-off quarters or bureaucratic rebuffs? This is a particular challenge for researchers in the security field, which is by nature secretive and difficult to access. This book creatively assesses and analyses the ways in which secrecies operate in security research. The collection sets out new understandings of secrecy, and shows how secrecy itself can be made productive to research analysis. It offers students, PhD researchers and senior scholars a rich toolkit of methods and best-practice examples for ethically appropriate ways of navigating secrecy. It pays attention to the balance between confidentiality, and academic freedom and integrity. The chapters draw on the rich qualitative fieldwork experiences of the contributors, who did research at a diversity of sites, for example at a former atomic weapons research facility, inside deportation units, in conflict zones, in everyday security landscapes, in virtual spaces and at borders, bureaucracies and banks. The book will be of interest to students of research methods, critical security studies and International Relations in general.
Categories: Political Science

Critical Terrorism Studies

Critical Terrorism Studies

This book is an introduction to critical approaches to terrorism studies.

Author: Jacob L. Stump

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415620468

Category: Political Science

Page: 193

View: 472

This book is an introduction to critical approaches to terrorism studies. While there is a growing body of Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) literature devoted to empirical examples and conceptual development, very little has been written about how to systematically carry out this kind of research. Critical Terrorism Studies fills this gap by addressing three key themes: The position of terrorism studies and critical terrorism studies in the discipline of International Relations (IR) Theoretical and methodological elaborations of critical approaches to the study of terrorism Empirical illustrations of those approaches. Drawing upon a range of engaging material, the volume reviews a series of non-variable based methodological approaches. It then goes on to provide empirical examples that illustrate how these approaches have been and can be utilized by students, teachers, and postgraduate researchers alike to critically and rigorously study terrorism. This textbook will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, sociology, critical security studies, and IR in general.
Categories: Political Science

Critical Approaches to Security

Critical Approaches to Security

Challenging the assumptions of conventional theories and approaches, unsettling that which was previously taken for granted - these are among the ways in which such a curiosity works.

Author: Laura J. Shepherd

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415680172

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 792

Focusing on critical approaches to security, this new textbook offers readers both an overview of the key theoretical perspectives and a variety of methodological techniques. With a careful explication of core concepts in each chapter and an introduction that traces the development of critical approaches to security, this textbook will encourage all those who engage with it to develop a curiosity about the study and practices of security politics. Challenging the assumptions of conventional theories and approaches, unsettling that which was previously taken for granted - these are among the ways in which such a curiosity works. Through its attention to the fact that, and the ways in which, security matters in global politics, this work will both pioneer new ways of studying security and acknowledge the noteworthy scholarship without which it could not have been thought. This textbook will be essential reading to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of critical security studies, and highly recommended to students of traditional security studies, International Relations and Politics.
Categories: History

Critical Security and Chinese Politics

Critical Security and Chinese Politics

Issues of methodology can also be included as a key feature of such reflection:
what kind of roles do methods used to conduct ... Critical studies of security have
become an expanding field of research during the past two decades (Buzan and
 ...

Author: Juha A. Vuori

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135076931

Category: History

Page: 210

View: 114

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 of securitization, the politics of insecurity, and emancipation are used as analytical approaches to investigate the anti-Falungong campaign in the People’s Republic of China. This campaign, launched in 1999, was the largest security-related propaganda campaign since 1989 and was directed against a group of qigong-practitioners who were presented as a grave threat to society. The campaign had major impacts as new security legislation was established and human rights organizations reported severe mistreatment of practitioners. This book approaches one empirical case with three approaches in order to transcend the tendency to pit one approach against another. It shows how they highlight different aspects in investigation, and how they can be combined to gain more comprehensive insights, and thereby invigorate renewed debate in the field. Furthermore, this is used as a vehicle to discuss more general philosophical issues of theory, development, and theory development and will assist students to comprehend the effects research framework selection has on a piece of research. Such discussions are necessary in order to apply the frameworks in investigations that go beyond the socio-political context they were originally developed in. This book will be of interest to students of critical security studies, Chinese politics, research methods and IR in general.
Categories: History

Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies

Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies

This book shows how to use a range of critical approaches to conduct research on terrorism.

Author: Priya Dixit

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317692959

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 199

This book shows how to use a range of critical approaches to conduct research on terrorism. Featuring the work of researchers who have already utilized these methods to study terrorism, it includes a diverse range of critical methodological approaches – including discourse analysis, feminist, postcolonial, ethnographic, critical theory, and visual analysis of terrorism. The main objectives of the book are to assist researchers in adopting and applying various critical approaches to the study of terrorism. This goal is achieved by bringing together a number of different scholars working on the topic of terrorism from a range of non-variables-based approaches. Their individual chapters discuss explicitly the research methods used and methodological commitments made by the authors, while also illustrating the application of their particular critical perspective to the topic of terrorism. The authors of each chapter will discuss (1) why they chose their specific critical method; (2) how they justified their methodological stance; (3) how they conduct their research; (4) and, finally, an example of the research. This book will be essential reading for students of terrorism studies and critical terrorism studies, and highly recommended for students of political violence, security studies and IR.
Categories: Political Science

Transformations of Security Studies

Transformations of Security Studies

This volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars to engage in a dialogue on key developments in the study of security.

Author: Gabi Schlag

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317481041

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

View: 157

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 has grown significantly in recent years. By bringing together scholars who hold differing perspectives on security, this volume provides insights into a variety of approaches and their newest developments, including ‘mainstream’ as well as heterodox perspectives on security. Thus, it aims to build bridges of communication between different ‘camps’ by initiating a dialogue on the identity and diversity of security studies. It does so in three parts: The first part of the book includes paradigmatic approaches to security that are closely connected to major debates in International Relations such as realism, institutionalism, constructivism as well as approaches to the culture, ethics of security and critical security studies. The second part places emphasis on the broadening and deepening of the concept of security in recent decades. It discusses key empirical frontiers including the continued centrality of the state, the link between democracy and security, environmental security as well as financial security. The third part of the book presents various methodological approaches to the question of security and peace. It provides an overview of new approaches such as the visual turn, quantifying security and method combinations. This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, international relations and research methods.
Categories: Political Science

Reassembling International Theory

Reassembling International Theory

... critical infrastructures in cities (e.g. transport systems), security technologies at
border sites (e.g. biometric screening), ... to traditional research methods,
especially within Critical Security Studies.2 Indeed, by accepting thatagency
hasbeen ...

Author: Simon Curtis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137383969

Category: Social Science

Page: 146

View: 558

What can 'assemblage' thinking contribute to the study of international relations theory? This study seeks to investigate how the various debates on assemblages in social theory can contribute to generating critical considerations on the connections and dissociation of political agency, physical world and international dynamics.
Categories: Social Science

Global South to the Rescue

Global South to the Rescue

In order to address this gap, this introduction lays out a new research agenda that
combines interdisciplinary methods from global studies, gender and race studies,
critical security studies, police and military sociology, Third World diplomatic ...

Author: Paul Amar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135720285

Category: Political Science

Page: 205

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This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of an epochal shift in global order – the fact that global-south countries have taken up leadership roles in peacekeeping missions, humanitarian interventions, and transnational military industries: Brazil has taken charge of the UN military mission in Haiti; Nigeria has deployed peacekeeping troops throughout West Africa; Indonesians have assumed crucial roles in UN Afghanistan operations; Fijians, South Africans, and Chileans have became essential actors in global mercenary firms; Venezuela and its Bolivarian allies have established a framework for "revolutionary" humanitarian interventions; and Turkey, India, Kenya, and Egypt are asserting themselves in bold new ways on the global stage. In this context, this collection sheds critical light on intersections between imperialism and humanitarianism, between neoliberal globalization and "rescue industry" transnationalism, and between patterns of geopolitical hegemony and trajectories of peacekeeping internationalism. These case studies are grouped into three clusters (I) Globalizing Peacekeeper Identities, (II) Assertive "Regional Internationalisms," and (III) Emergent Alternative Paradigms. Together, these articulate a new research agenda and offer significant contributions to fields of global studies, transnational gender and race studies, critical security studies and peace studies, comparative politics, police and military sociology, Third World diplomatic history, and international relations. This book was published as a special issue of Globalizations.
Categories: Political Science

Feminism and International Relations

Feminism and International Relations

Why a Feminist Theorist Studies Methods. ... Studying the Struggles and Wishes
of the Age: Feminist Theoretical Methodology and Feminist Theoretical Methods.
... Reflexivity in Practice: Power an Ethics in Feminist Research on International
Relations. ... In Critical Security Studies and World Politics, edited by K. Booth.

Author: J. Ann Tickner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136724787

Category: Political Science

Page: 274

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Feminist International Relations scholarship in the United States recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Over those years, feminist researchers have made substantial progress concerning the question of how gender matters in global politics, global economics, and global culture. The progress has been noted both in the academic field of international relations and, increasingly, in the policy world. Celebrating these achievements, this book constructs conversations about the history, present state of, and future of feminist International Relations as a field across subfields of IR, continents, and generations of scholars. Providing an overview and assessment of what it means to "gender" IR in the 21st century, the volume has a unique format: it features a series of intellectual conversations, presenting cutting-edge research in the field, with provocative comments from senior scholars. It examines issues including global governance, the United Nations, war, peace, security, science, beauty, and human rights and addresses key questions including: What does viewing the diverse problems of global politics through gendered lenses look like in the 21st Century? How do feminisms accommodate differences in culture, race, and religion? How do feminist theoretical and policy analyses fit together? These conversations about feminist IR are accessible to non-specialist audiences and will be of interest to students and scholars of Gender Studies, Feminist Politics and International Relations.
Categories: Political Science

Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies

Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies

Indeed, given the strong stresson the political arrangements that characterize the
military, many studies rooted inpolitical science and political ... In contrast tothe
former two sets of interests, the third category is emancipatory interest
thatmakesuse of critical theory.Its goal ... critiqueofthehugely influential military
throughbeing adominant employer, akey political player and framing
issuesofnational security.

Author: Joseph Soeters

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136203305

Category: History

Page: 336

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This volume offers an overview of the methodologies of research in the field of military studies. As an institution relying on individuals and resources provided by society, the military has been studied by scholars from a wide range of disciplines: political science, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, economics and administrative studies. The methodological approaches in these disciplines vary from computational modelling of conflicts and surveys of military performance, to the qualitative study of military stories from the battlefield and veterans experiences. Rapidly developing technological facilities (more powerful hardware, more sophisticated software, digitalization of documents and pictures) render the methodologies in use more dynamic than ever. The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies offers a comprehensive and dynamic overview of these developments as they emerge in the many approaches to military studies. The chapters in this Handbook are divided over four parts: starting research, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and finalizing a study, and every chapter starts with the description of a well-published study illustrating the methodological issues that will be dealt with in that particular chapter. Hence, this Handbook not only provides methodological know-how, but also offers a useful overview of military studies from a variety of research perspectives. This Handbook will be of much interest to students of military studies, security and war studies, civil-military relations, military sociology, political science and research methods in general.
Categories: History

Research Methods Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

Research Methods  Concepts  Methodologies  Tools  and Applications

The constantly changing landscape of Research Methods makes it challenging
for experts and practitioners to stay informed of ... researchers, and academicians
with a strong understanding of critical issues within Research Methods by
providing both ... of Research Methods, focusing on aspects including fuzzy-logic
based security evaluation, fuzzy fusion, LARG index, ... Through case studies,
this section lays excellent groundwork for later sections that will get into present
and future ...

Author: Management Association, Information Resources

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781466674578

Category: Science

Page: 2072

View: 182

Across a variety of disciplines, data and statistics form the backbone of knowledge. To ensure the reliability and validity of data, appropriate measures must be taken in conducting studies and reporting findings. Research Methods: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications compiles chapters on key considerations in the management, development, and distribution of data. With its focus on both fundamental concepts and advanced topics, this multi-volume reference work will be a valuable addition to researchers, scholars, and students of science, mathematics, and engineering.
Categories: Science

Abstract Researches

Abstract Researches

The study applied qualitative methods . ... THE BROADENING OF SECURITY
DIMENSION ON CRITICAL SECURITY STUDIES PARADIGM Emil Wahyudin ,
Arry Bainus , and R . Widya Setiabudi ( DIPA PNBP 2006 ) The purpose of this ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015081572599

Category: Research

Page:

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Categories: Research

Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars

Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars

Critical. Perspectives. Richard. Jackson. The study of civil war has grown
tremendously in recent decades, particularly since ... and diverse, with
contributions from many different academic disciplines, theoretical approaches
and methodologies. ... war research has notyet coalesced inthe same way that it
has in the related fields of security studies (seeBooth2004) andterrorismstudies (
see Jackson etal.

Author: Edward Newman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136255779

Category: Political Science

Page: 390

View: 364

This comprehensive new Handbook explores the significance and nature of armed intrastate conflict and civil war in the modern world. Civil wars and intrastate conflict represent the principal form of organised violence since the end of World War II, and certainly in the contemporary era. These conflicts have a huge impact and drive major political change within the societies in which they occur, as well as on an international scale. The global importance of recent intrastate and regional conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nepal, Cote d'Ivoire, Syria and Libya – amongst others – has served to refocus academic and policy interest upon civil war. Drawing together contributions from key thinkers in the field who discuss the sources, causes, duration, nature and recurrence of civil wars, as well as their political meaning and international impact, the Handbook is organised into five key parts: Part I: Understanding and Explaining Civil Wars: Theoretical and Methodological Debates Part II: The Causes of Civil Wars Part III: The Nature and Impact of Civil Wars Part IV: International Dimensions Part V: Termination and Resolution of Civil Wars Covering a wide range of topics including micro-level issues as well as broader debates, Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars will set a benchmark for future research in the field. This volume will be of much interest to students of civil wars and intrastate conflict, ethnic conflict, political violence, peace and conflict studies, security studies and IR in general.
Categories: Political Science

Sustainable and Resilient Critical Infrastructure Systems

Sustainable and Resilient Critical Infrastructure Systems

Methods. on. Critical. Infrastructure. Interdependencies. Research. Gesara
Satumtira * and Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio Abstract. National security, economic
prosperity, and the quality of life of today's societies depend on the continuous
and reliable operation of interdependent infrastructures. ... Research and
implementation studies have attempted to address interdependence modeling
through various ...

Author: Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642114059

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 265

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Sustainable and resilient critical infrastructure systems is an emerging paradigm in an evolving era of depleting assets in the midst of natural and man-made threats to provide a sustainable and high quality of life with optimized resources from social, economic, societal and environmental considerations. The increasing complexity and interconnectedness of civil and other interdependent infrastructure systems (electric power, energy, cyber-infrastructures, etc.) require inter- and multidisciplinary expertise required to engineer, monitor, and sustain these distributed large-scale complex adaptive infrastructure systems. This edited book is motivated by recent advances in simulation, modeling, sensing, communications/information, and intelligent and sustainable technologies that have resulted in the development of sophisticated methodologies and instruments to design, characterize, optimize, and evaluate critical infrastructure systems, their resilience, and their condition and the factors that cause their deterioration. Specific topics discussed in this book include, but are not limited to: optimal infrastructure investment allocation for sustainability, framework for manifestation of tacit critical infrastructure knowledge, interdependencies between energy and transportation systems for national long term planning, intelligent transportation infrastructure technologies, emergent research issues in infrastructure interdependence research, framework for assessing the resilience of infrastructure and economic systems, maintenance optimization for heterogeneous infrastructure systems, optimal emergency infrastructure inspection scheduling, and sustainable rehabilitation of deteriorated transportation infrastructure systems.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Directory of Postgraduate Studies 2002

Directory of Postgraduate Studies 2002

international relations of Mediterranean ; international security studies ;
international dimension of European integration ; politics ... 000 - word
dissertation ( MA ) ; research methods may be taken as additional core course in
which case , MA takes 12 months to complete ... specialising in such fields as
global political economy , international and global theory , critical security studies
, global environmental ...

Author: Hobsons Publishing, PLC

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015042256373

Category: Universities and colleges

Page: 1720

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Categories: Universities and colleges

Visual Security Studies

Visual Security Studies

This book will be of much interest to students of critical security, media studies, surveillance studies, visual sociology, and IR in general.

Author: Juha Vuori

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315387567

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 755

The present volume engages visuality in security from a variety of angles and explores what the subfield of Visual Security Studies might be. To structure this experimentation, and to encourage a more careful and multifaceted approach to visuality and security, the main conceptual move in this volume is to envision three different transversal meeting points between security and visuality: visuality as a modality (active in representations and signs of security), visuality as practice (active in enacting security), and visuality as a method (active in investigating security). These three approaches structure the book together with three areas in which we see visuality as especially pertinent in relation to security: in security technologies that (en)vision security and are themselves the objects of visions of security; in spectacles of security and security spectatorship; and in ways of making security visible. In this way, the volume works to sensitize International Relations research to visual forms of knowledge and practice by examining visual aspects of security. At the same time, it allows for debate on how this particular modality of the sensible not only affects what is visible and what is not, but also how authority and truth-claims come about, and how they are compared and evaluated. Through engagement with security via the ‘language’ or ‘code’ of the visual, it is possible to interrogate how scholars in the field understand visuality as well as the economy, grammar, and performativity of visual articulation and the production of knowledge. The volume also examines how visuality can be used as a method in doing research, and as a way of presenting research results. Visual Security Studies is not a new theory of security or its study; instead, the present volume suggests that visuality should be envisioned as an aspect of security studies that can be incorporated into pre-existing approaches. The aim is to highlight how much of contemporary practice is visual and to foster an increased attentiveness to visuality in security politics, security practice, and to the possibilities of employing visual research methods in security scholarship. This book will be of much interest to students of critical security, media studies, surveillance studies, visual sociology, and IR in general.
Categories: Political Science