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Human security and the rise of the social
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 11:59 authored by Patricia Owens
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.
- Published version
JournalReview of International Studies
PublisherCambridge University Press
Department affiliated with
- International Relations Publications
NotesReceived a runner-up 'strong commendation' for the Review of International Studies Prize, 2012.
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