Human Insecurity: Global Structures of Violence

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008 M05 15 - 219 pages
Human Insecurity is concerned with our refusal to confront the millions of avoidable deaths of women and children each year. Those missing millions are rarely the subject of conventional security studies, yet such avoidable deaths are a vital part of the notion of 'security' more broadly understood. The book argues that such deaths are caused by the man-made structures of neoliberalism and 'andrarchy' and argues that the debate on human security can be reinvigorated by looking at the unarmed, civilian role in causing the deaths of millions of innocent people; from child deaths from preventable disease to honour killings.

David Roberts claims that by facing up to this relationship between social structures and massive avoidable human suffering we can create another system less prone to global violence. This book is a powerful intervention in the debate on human security and an urgent call to face up to our responsibilities to the millions killed needlessly each year.

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Contents

ONE Introduction
1
TWO Thinking about security and violence
12
THREE Global human insecurity
31
FOUR Institutions the U5MR infanticide and maternal mortality
69
FIVE Institutions and intimate murder
88
SIX Human and realist security
105
SEVEN International institutions
117
EIGHT Andrarchy and neoliberalism
136
NINE Global structures
159
TEN Conclusion
179
Bibliography
186
Index
202
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David Roberts is a lecturer in the School of History and International Affairs at the University of Ulster. He has previously published Power, Elitism and Democracy: Political Transition in Cambodia 1991-1999 (2000) and over thirty articles on human security; statebuilding; democratisation and Cambodia.

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