The Paradox of Security Cosmopolitanism?

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Does a poststructuralist concern with the power relations at the root of inequality in the international arena negate hope for a progressive vision for our activism today and the results it might produce in the future? If not, how can one navigate (in Stephen White’s [2000] words) a ‘politics of affirmation’ in a postmodern era? Having been defeated by this question either directly or indirectly for my entire academic career, I picked up Anthony Burke’s article on “Security Cosmopolitanism” (first as a reviewer and then as a responder) with a sort of magnetic attraction. Would it be an answer to those questions that finally made sense to me?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalCritical Studies on Security
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jun 2013


  • security
  • security cosmopolitanism
  • international relations
  • international relations theory

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