Why is security an “essentially contested concept” and what ways are there to overcome this?


Term Paper, 2012

4 Pages, Grade: 1


Abstract or Introduction

Although it seems that everyone has a basic similar notion of what the term security means and implicates, scholars have struggled to find a coherent definition and disagree on how far the concept can or should be expanded. This essay will show that security is indeed a highly contested concept, but that it has been questioned whether security can also be classified as an “essentially contested concept” in the way Walter Bryce Gallie introduced this term. The criticism of the classification of security as a contested concept as formulated by David Baldwin will be drawn into account as well as Arnold Wolfers' conclusion that security is a highly subjective matter. Furthermore, Ken Booth's suggestion for an interpretation of security in terms of emancipation in the Post-Cold War Era will be considered.

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Title
Why is security an “essentially contested concept” and what ways are there to overcome this?
College
Utrecht University  (Roosevelt Academy)
Course
Security in the Post-Cold War Era
Grade
1
Author
Year
2012
Pages
4
Catalog Number
V189174
ISBN (eBook)
9783656131120
File size
403 KB
Language
English
Keywords
security studies, international relations, international studies, internationale beziehungen, IB, IR, essentially contested concept, Walter Bryce Gallie, Wolfers, Booth, Baldwin, internationale politik
Quote paper
Nora Görne (Author), 2012, Why is security an “essentially contested concept” and what ways are there to overcome this?, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/189174

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