Human security and the rise of the social

Owens, Patricia (2012) Human security and the rise of the social. Review of International Studies, 38 (3). pp. 547-567. ISSN 0260-2105

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As the concept of human security has become part of the mainstream discourse of international politics it should be no surprise that both realist and critical approaches to international theory have found the agenda wanting. This article seeks to go beyond both the realist and biopolitical critiques by situating all three – political realism, biopolitics and human security – within the history and theory of the modern rise of the social realm from late eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe. Human security is the further expansion of social forms of governance under capitalism, more specifically a form of socialpolitik than realpolitik or biopolitics. Drawing on the work of historical sociologist Robert Castel and political theorist Hannah Arendt, the article develops an alternative framework with which to question the extent to which ‘life’ has become the subject of global intervention through the human security agenda.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Received a runner-up 'strong commendation' for the Review of International Studies Prize, 2012.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Patricia Owens
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 08:36
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 06:29

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