Human Insecurity: Global Structures of Violence
Bloomsbury Academic, 2008 - 208 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.
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... notion that ' when one husband beats his wife there is a clear case of personal violence , but when one million husbands keep one million wives in ignorance there is structural violence ' ( ibid .: 145–6 ) . Structural violence , then ...
... notion of ' structure ' in international relations is not a new one ; it is considered in a variety of ways and differs , as one might expect , according to perspective . This chapter outlines conventional , realist understandings of ...
... notion that our future is fixed like our past . While the past was harsh , neither the present nor the future need be so . Realism's assumptions regarding system immutability and the state of nature and man , already tenuous , are dated ...
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