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Security Studies

WithJ. Peter Burgess

This chapter attempts to formulate a range of questions about what the horizon of security studies built into the horizon of international political sociology generates and what it envisages as beyond that horizon. It reviews some of the main themes that have contributed to a more or less unified approach to an international political sociology of security and security studies. An international political sociology – in the form it has taken in the International Studies Association journal International Political Sociology – builds on a continuity with certain branches of traditional security studies while at the same testing methods and received ideas about the social and political embedding of the field. In undertaking the project of exploring the space of interaction between the political and the sociological in terms of security, International Political Sociology has distinctly privileged approaches revolving around one notion or another of ‘governmentality’.