Security is a social practice, which constitutes different formations of political order. Developing a political economy of security practice, the author distinguishes these formations with a view to the actual exchanges between various providers and receivers of security services. He thus departs from a popular perspective in political science, which charts ongoing transformations in the global security landscape along a series of categorical divisions between state and non-state or between the public and the private. A more rewarding analytical perspective conceives the two most dominant security formations in the contemporary world as either based on commercial or on compulsory relations.
From the Contents:
- Security. What is it? What does it do?
- Governing Security
- Security Networks
- The Political Economy of Security
- Compulsory Security Formations
- Commercial Security Formations
- Conceptual Variations
- Strategic Variations
- Structural Variations
Dr Marc von Boemcken, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), lecturer at Bonn University, Germany
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Target Groups: graduate and postgraduate students, junior and senior scholars and academics in Security Studies, Political Studies, Critical Geography, Political Economy
Keywords: security, markets, political economy
Departments: Security Studies, Political Science, Sociology