publication . Article . 2016

Spaces of Global Security: Beyond Methodological Nationalism

Adamson, Fiona B.;
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  • Published: 05 Feb 2016
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract
The changing political and social meanings of space under conditions of advanced globalization point to the need to analyze security – or the deployment and management of violence -- as a socio-spatial practice. This article draws attention to the “methodological nationalist” bias that has traditionally characterized mainstream security studies, and discusses its effect on how security issues are studied and conceptualized. Building on insights from political geography and sociology, the article makes the case for a “spatial turn” in the field. It discusses how a socio-spatial approach can help make sense of evolving state security practices, and presents exampl...
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