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Critical Approaches to Security in Europe

Malksoo, Maria (2006) Critical Approaches to Security in Europe. Security Dialogue, 37 (4). pp. 443-487. ISSN 0967-0106. E-ISSN 1460-3640. (doi:10.1177/0967010606073085) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)


In the last decade, critical approaches have substantially reshaped the theoretical landscape of security studies in Europe. Yet, despite an impressive body of literature, there remains fundamental disagreement as to what counts as critical in this context. Scholars are still arguing in terms of ‘schools’, while there has been an increasing and sustained cross-fertilization among critical approaches. Finally, the boundaries between critical and traditional approaches to security remain blurred. The aim of this article is therefore to assess the evolution of critical views of approaches to security studies in Europe, discuss their theoretical premises, investigate their intellectual ramifications, and examine how they coalesce around different issues (such as a state of exception). The article then assesses the political implications of critical approaches. This is done mainly by analysing processes by which critical approaches to security percolate through a growing number of subjects (such as development, peace research, risk management). Finally, ethical and research implications are explored.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0967010606073085
Uncontrolled keywords: critical theory; security studies; collective intellectual; sociology of IR
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 11:28 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:46 UTC
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