Human Security

A Contested Contempt

Authored by: Taylor Owen

The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies

Print publication date:  January  2010
Online publication date:  January  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484374
eBook ISBN: 9780203859483
Adobe ISBN: 9781135166205


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There are many interpretations of how and why the concept of human security emerged in the early 1990s. While some have rooted the discourse in the origins of liberalism (Leaning and Arie 2001; Rothschild 1995), and others in the post-war human rights discourse (Axworthy 2001a), most of the literature on human security rightly identifies the end of the Cold War as the geopolitical turning point from which the concept emerged. In these accounts human security is understood as a response to the proliferation of new security threats which fit awkwardly within the relatively narrow confines of the traditional, state-centric national security paradigm.

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