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Security, Identity and Interests : A Sociology of International Relations - Bill McSweeney

Security, Identity and Interests

A Sociology of International Relations

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Published: 28th November 1999
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Bill McSweeney addresses the central problem of international relations - security - and constructs a novel framework for its analysis. He argues for the unity of the interpersonal, societal and international levels of human behaviour and outlines a concept of security which more adequately reflects the complexity and ambiguity of the topic. This book introduces a new way of theorizing the international order, within which the idea of security takes on a broader range of meaning, inviting a more critical and interpretative approach to understanding the concept and formulating security policy. The recent shift to sociology in international relations theory has not as yet realized its critical potential for the study of security. Drawing on contemporary trends in social theory, Dr McSweeney argues that human agency and moral choice are inherent features of the construction of the social and thus international order, and hence of our conception of security and security policy.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The meaning of security
Objectivist Approaches to International Security
Early stages of development
Broadening the concept of security
Identity versus the state
Theorizing Security: the Turn to Sociology
A conceptual discussion
The social constructionist approach
The limits of identity theory
Agency and structure in social theory
Seeing a different world: a reflexive sociology of security
Practising Security
Doing security by stealth
Conclusion: security and moral choice
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521661775
ISBN-10: 0521661773
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.51