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Critical security in the Asia-Pacific

Critical security in the Asia-Pacific

Burke, Anthony, 1966-, editor; McDonald, Matt., editor; Manchester University Press, Publisher

In the wake of 9/11, the Asian crisis and the 2004 tsunami, traditional analytical frameworks are increasingly unable to explain how individuals and communities are rendered insecure, or advance individual, global or environmental security. In the Asia-Pacific, the accepted wisdom of realism has meant that analyses rarely move beyond the statist, militarist and exclusionary assumptions that underpin traditional realpolitik. This innovative new book challenges these limitations and addresses the missing problems, people and vulnerabilities of the Asia-Pacific region. It also turns a critical eye on traditional interstate strategic dynamics. Critical security in the Asia-Pacific applies both a critical theoretical approach that interrogates the deeper assumptions underpinning security discourses, and a human-centred policy approach that focuses on the security, welfare and emancipation of individuals and communities. Leading Asia-Pacific researchers combine to apply these frameworks to the most pressing issues in the region, from the Korean peninsula to environmental change, Indonesian conflict, the ‘war on terror’ and the plight of refugees. The result is a sophisticated and accessible account of often-neglected realities of marginalization in the region, and a compelling argument for the empowerment and security of the most vulnerable

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Published Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald
ISBN: 1526130874, 9780719073045, 9781526130877
Intended audience: Students and academics in IR, security studies, politics.
Note: Description based on print record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally issued in print: 2007.
Language note: In English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 306 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
System: Mode of access: internet via World Wide Web.
System: System requirements: Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader (latest version recommended), Internet Explorer or other browser (latest version recommended).
Other Number: 10.7765/9781526130877
Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis; Manchester Security, Conflict & Peace
Subject: Society & social sciences International relations.; International relations.; National security Asia.; National security Pacific Area.; Politics and government.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International).
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2018. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
Series Title: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis (Manchester, England).
Other formats: Also available in print form.


  1. Introduction: Asia-Pacific security legacies and futures / Matt McDonald & Anthony Burke
  3. 1. Regionalism and security in East Asia / Julie Gilson
  4. 2. Emancipation and force: the role(s) of the military in Southeast Asia / Alex J. Bellamy and Bryn Hughes
  5. 3. The political economy of security: geopolitics and capitalist development in the Asia-Pacific / Mark Beeson
  6. 4. Deconstructing the discourse of epistemic agency: a Singaporean tale of two ‘Essentialisms’ / See Seng Tan
  8. 5. Constructing separatist threats: security and insecurity in Indonesian Aceh and Papua / Edward Aspinal and Richard Chauvel
  9. 6. Freedom from fear: conflict, displacement and human security in Burma (Myanmar) / Hazel Lang
  10. 7. Australia paranoid: security politics and identity policy / Anthony Burke
  11. 8. Harm and emancipation: making environmental security ‘critical’ in the Asia-Pacific / Lorraine Elliott
  12. 9. Seeking security for refugees - Sara Davies
  13. 10. Discourses of security in China: towards a critical turn? / Yongjin Zhang
  14. 11. Nuclear weapons in the Asia-Pacific: a critical security appraisal / Marianne Hanson
  15. 12. US hegemony, the war on terror and security in the Asia-Pacific / Matt McDonald
  17. 13. Dealing with North Korea: conventional and alternative security scenarios / Roland Bleiker
  18. 14. Security as enslavement, security as emancipation: gendered legacies and feminist futures in the Asia-Pacific / Katrina Lee Koo
  19. Conclusion: emancipating security in the Asia-Pacific? / Simon Dalby.