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The second edition of this book takes as its main theme the question of how states and societies pursue freedom from threat in an environment in which competitive relations are inescapable across the political, economic, military, societal and environmental landscapes.


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The second edition of this book takes as its main theme the question of how states and societies pursue freedom from threat in an environment in which competitive relations are inescapable across the political, economic, military, societal and environmental landscapes.

30 review for People, States, and Fear: An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mayim de Vries

    Seriously. If I could kidnap Barry Buzan's brain and keep it in the form of my familiar, I would. In a heartbeat. Seriously. If I could kidnap Barry Buzan's brain and keep it in the form of my familiar, I would. In a heartbeat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This is a highly complex and complicated work of analysis into what Security is. It is absolutely NOT intended for the skim reader or neophite in the subject. It is difficult, densely written and at times very hard to keep track of. That being said, if you manage to understand the concepts Buzan is outlining, you will be highly rewarded. He explains things with a lot of detail, but somehow most of the times forgets to include a real life example - this is the only drawback to this work. His dial This is a highly complex and complicated work of analysis into what Security is. It is absolutely NOT intended for the skim reader or neophite in the subject. It is difficult, densely written and at times very hard to keep track of. That being said, if you manage to understand the concepts Buzan is outlining, you will be highly rewarded. He explains things with a lot of detail, but somehow most of the times forgets to include a real life example - this is the only drawback to this work. His dialogue remains in the sphere of philosophy most of the time, not because of a lack of connection with the real world, but because of his failure to connect the dots for the inexperienced reader. If you have the patience, and more than anything, the interest, this book is absolutely worth it. I enjoyed it very much and my ability to analyze certain things got better after finishing it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This is a complex but excellent insight into the problems of security for state and non state actors. Seemingly taking a point between defensive and offensive realism but also acknowledging liberal ideas. I would recommend this for anyone studying IR, Global politics security studies etc. Do be aware that a background in these issues is needed so a university level textbook would be a good place to start.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Calvin

    Not for casual reader. This book describe a comprehensive theory of "Security Complex" where states are initially concerned with the dynamics of their closest neighbors. It is a very good theory to explain why some states are concerned other states it geographically close. Not for casual reader. This book describe a comprehensive theory of "Security Complex" where states are initially concerned with the dynamics of their closest neighbors. It is a very good theory to explain why some states are concerned other states it geographically close.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deden Habibi

    This is my first book which is read ambitiously to be finished chapter-by-chapter, page-by-page, even word-by-word because of its depth of philosophical thinking in security subject. As International Relations scholar, this is a very comprehensive start to dive more in Security-related studies. The most notable ideas I noticed are the idea of 'national security is not simply a simple accumulation of individual security' and multiple(five)-sector sources of threats (military, political, economic, This is my first book which is read ambitiously to be finished chapter-by-chapter, page-by-page, even word-by-word because of its depth of philosophical thinking in security subject. As International Relations scholar, this is a very comprehensive start to dive more in Security-related studies. The most notable ideas I noticed are the idea of 'national security is not simply a simple accumulation of individual security' and multiple(five)-sector sources of threats (military, political, economic, societal, and environmental). This is a classic and still worth to grasp.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Cihodariu

    Mandatory read in college (Sociology with a major in International Relations). It was one of the 'OK' books I read as an intro for the coursework. Very thorough, good for getting you up to speed with major theories. Mandatory read in college (Sociology with a major in International Relations). It was one of the 'OK' books I read as an intro for the coursework. Very thorough, good for getting you up to speed with major theories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    mharipin

    A classic and important reference for security analyst

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anil Cantepe

    I've read it because of my thesis and it was a good book to have gain perspectives about the national security matter and broader concept of security. My only concern about the book is the timeline that has been written. So some of the hypothesis and assumptions aren't valid anymore. But overall it was a fine study to read. I've read it because of my thesis and it was a good book to have gain perspectives about the national security matter and broader concept of security. My only concern about the book is the timeline that has been written. So some of the hypothesis and assumptions aren't valid anymore. But overall it was a fine study to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SpaceBear

    Buzan assesses the concept of security, seeking to understand exactly what the concept refers to, specifically in terms of whether or not we should see its referent as existing at the level of the individual, the state or international society.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mustafa Aqeli

    it is the best for security studies

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sushan Koirala

  12. 5 out of 5

    nanto

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elena

  14. 5 out of 5

    Radu Robert

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tuncer Beyribey

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rere

  18. 5 out of 5

    Islam Elsisi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dopey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Dilas

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suhaim85

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marius Pop

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sadovschi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rati Tvalavadze

  26. 5 out of 5

    Arnida Safira

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Erdoan A.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mai Sarah

  30. 5 out of 5

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