chapter  11
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Critical Security Studies and Regional Insecurity: The Case of Southern Africa

ByKen Booth, Peter Vale

If critical security studies are to flourish and lead to a revisioning of security in world politics, it is necessary that they challenge traditional security studies not only at the theoretical level-where a start has already been made-but also at the empirical level in terms of dealing with what is usually called the real world. Southern Africa is a particularly interesting case with which to test the engagement of critical security studies with practical politics, given that by many indicators it can claim to be the most distressed and insecure region in contemporary world politics.