Security in the Anthropocene: Reflections on Safety and Care
transcript Verlag, Aug 31, 2017 - Political Science - 196 pages
The belief that »Nature« exists as a blank, stable stage upon which humans act out tragic performances of international relations is no longer tenable. In a world defined by human action, we must reorient our understanding of ourselves, of our environment, and our security. This book considers how decentred and reflexive approaches to security are required to cope with the Anthropocene - the Human Age. Drawing from various disciplines, this bold reinterpretation explores the possibilities for understanding and preparing a future that will look vastly different than the past. The book asks to dig deeper into what it means to be human and secure in an age of ecological exception. "In a growing field of interdisciplinary work on the Anthropocene, ›Security in the Anthropocene‹ sets itself apart. It blends ideas from criminology, international security studies and the environmental humanities to provide unique interdisciplinary insight into the challenges of living on an increasingly turbulent earth." - Audra Mitchell, Balsillie School of International Affairs/Wilfrid Laurier University "This essential, groundbreaking book offers a new conceptual framework that recalibrates what security means in the Anthropocene. Not content on simply highlighting the state of crisis fostered by existential risks in this new era, Cameron Harrington and Clifford Shearing invite us to imagine a more positive and caring form of security." - Benoit Dupont, University of Montreal "Harrington and Shearing's fine book explores evocatively how humans might cope with a world that is fundamentally changed through a critical appraisal of how new impacts on the Earth system shift the conditions of security. This is a tour de force of how our concepts of security create the world that afflicts us. The authors argue, convincingly, that there can be no security in the Anthropocene without an expanded vision of care." - John Braithwaite, Australian National University
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
actants action actors animals Anthropocene Anthropocene requires Anthropocene security approaches argued Barry Buzan biophysical Buzan Carl Schmitt challenge chapter climate change communities complex concept of security conflict Copenhagen School criminology criminology and international critique culture disciplines discourse diverse Earth system ecological ecosystems emergency emphasize enemy entangled environment environmental security ethics ethos existence extinction fear focus forms friend/enemy fundamental geological global harm Holocene security human and nonhuman human exceptionalism human security human subject Huysmans ideas impacts indigenous individual institutions international relations Latour live logics of security Mark Salter moral natural environment niche construction nitrogen Ole Węver one’s ontological particular perspective planet planetary political possible posthuman practices processes protect question relationships response risk Schmitt Schmittian securitization security logics security studies security theories shift social society sovereign space species Steffen technologies things thinking traditional understandings of security University Press violence Węver