Security in the Anthropocene

Reflections on Safety and Care

The belief that »Nature« exists as a blank, stable stage upon which humans act out tragic performances of international relations is no longer tenable. In a world defined by human action, we must reorient our understanding of ourselves, of our environment, and our security.

This book considers how decentred and reflexive approaches to security are required to cope with the Anthropocene – the Human Age. Drawing from various disciplines, this bold reinterpretation explores the possibilities for understanding and preparing a future that will look vastly different than the past. The book asks to dig deeper into what it means to be human and secure in an age of ecological exception.

"In a growing field of interdisciplinary work on the Anthropocene, ›Security in the Anthropocene‹ sets itself apart. It blends ideas from criminology, international security studies and the environmental humanities to provide unique interdisciplinary insight into the challenges of living on an increasingly turbulent earth."

– Audra Mitchell, Balsillie School of International Affairs/Wilfrid Laurier University

"This essential, groundbreaking book offers a new conceptual framework that recalibrates what security means in the Anthropocene. Not content on simply highlighting the state of crisis fostered by existential risks in this new era, Cameron Harrington and Clifford Shearing invite us to imagine a more positive and caring form of security."

– Benoit Dupont, University of Montreal

"Harrington and Shearing's fine book explores evocatively how humans might cope with a world that is fundamentally changed through a critical appraisal of how new impacts on the Earth system shift the conditions of security. This is a tour de force of how our concepts of security create the world that afflicts us. The authors argue, convincingly, that there can be no security in the Anthropocene without an expanded vision of care."

– John Braithwaite, Australian National University

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31 July 2017, 196 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-3337-9
File size: 1.39 MB

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Cameron Harrington

Cameron Harrington, Durham University, UK

Clifford Shearing

Clifford Shearing, Griffith University, Australia

Besprochen in:
ACUNS, 09.01.2018, Simon Dalby
Book title
Security in the Anthropocene Reflections on Safety and Care
transcript Verlag
Commodity Group
POL011000 POL044000 SOC004000
Release date
31 July 2017
Natur, Politik
International Relations, Security Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Criminology
Anthropocene, International Relations, Environment, Security, Geopolitics, Humanity, Politics, Nature, Environmental Policy, Sociology of Crime, Environmental Sociology, Political Science

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