Security Studies: An Introduction

Paul D. Williams, Matt McDonald

March 7, 2018 by Routledge
Textbook - 666 Pages - 7 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780415784900 - CAT# Y318798


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  • With 39 chapters this is by far the most comprehensive Security Studies title available, offering coverage of all aspects of the discipline in one volume.
  • Updated throughout this new edition draws upon traditional and critical approaches and adds chapters not covered in the previous edition. These include Cyber Security, Migration and Economics, Global Commons and Space, Peace and Violence and Women, Peace and Securitization.
  • Essay and exam questions, summaries of key ideas and definitions of key terms add to existing pedagogical features such as case studies, and suggestions for further reading, providing students with the most accessible grounding in the debates, theories, issues and frameworks of Security Studies available.


Security Studies: An Introduction, 3rd edition, is the most comprehensive textbook available on the subject, providing students with an essential grounding in the debates, frameworks, and issues on the contemporary security agenda.

This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated, with new chapters added on  poststructuralism, postcolonialism, securitization, peace and violence, development, women, peace and security, cybersecurity, and outer space.

Divided into four parts, the text provides students with a detailed, accessible overview of the major theoretical approaches, key themes, and most significant issues within security studies.

  • Part 1 explores the main theoretical approaches from both traditional and critical standpoints
  • Part 2 explains the central concepts underpinning contemporary debates
  • Part 3 presents an overview of the institutional security architecture
  • Part 4 examines some of the key contemporary challenges to global security

Collecting these related strands into a single textbook creates a valuable teaching tool and a comprehensive, accessible learning resource for undergraduates and MA students.

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