Following the end of the Cold War the security agenda has been transformed and redefined, academically and politically. This book 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.
This book 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 have identify and explore five 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:
The privatisation of security
Protection and the judicial regulation of armed conflict
Peace building, post-conflict reconstruction, and the politics of protection
Humanitarian needs and the political agency of refugees
Environmental protection and the politics of nature
Combining political theory and empirical case studies, this book makes a significant contribution to the study of international relations and security studies.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Agency and The Politics of Protection: Implications for Security Studies
Chapter 2. Privatizing the Politics of Protection: Military Companies and the Definition of Security Concerns
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.
Chapter 5. Resisting Sovereign Power: Camps In-between Exception and Dissent.
Chapter 6. Protection: security, territory and population.
Chapter 7. ?Civilizing? the Balkans, Protecting Europe: the International Politics of Reconstruction in Bosnia and Kosovo
Chapter 8. The Judicialisation of Armed Conflict: transforming the 21st Century
Chapter 9. The Limits of Agency in Times of Emergency
Chapter 10. Sovereignty, International Security and the Regulation of Armed Conflict: the Possibilities of Political Agency
Chapter 11. Do we need (to protect) nature?
Chapter 12. On the Protection of Nature and the Nature of Protection
Hysmans, Jef ; Dobson, Andrew; Prokhovnik, Raia, éds. - The politics of protection: sites of insecurity and political agency / edited by Jef Huysmans, Andrew Dobson and Raia Prokhovnik. - London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. - 1 vol. (XI-211 p.) ; 24 cm. - (Routledge advances in international relations and global politics ; 43). - Table des matières (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0513/2005014711.html). - Bibliogr. en fin de chapitres. Index