Societal security

Authored by: Tobias Theiler

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415463614
eBook ISBN: 9780203866764
Adobe ISBN: 9781135239077


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The concept of societal security originated in Barry Buzan’s classic People, States and Fear (1983) and became a cornerstone of what is widely known as the Copenhagen School in International Relations (IR) (Wæver et al. 1993). In the period since, it has stimulated an impressive body of commentary, criticism and refinement. For many critics and proponents alike, societal security has become one of the most important challengers to state-centric and ‘objectivist’ conceptions of security in International Relations.

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