Debates críticos: os estudos de segurança e o futuro dos estudos da paz e dos conflitos

Barrinha, A. (2013) Debates críticos: os estudos de segurança e o futuro dos estudos da paz e dos conflitos. Universitas: Relações Internacionais, 11 (2).


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Irredeemably connected by the proximity of their research objects, Security Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies were constituted and developed throughout the Cold War as antagonistic disciplines. This was a division mostly operated in Europe, where Galtung and his disciples directed the study of peace and war to a clearly normative and critical agenda, while the study of security remained mostly policy oriented. As argued in this article, there was, by the end of the bipolar conflict, a role inversion, with Peace and Conflict Studies accommodated to an empiricism void of any explicit normativity, whilst Security Studies, at least in Europe, opened up to new approaches of a more critical stance. It is here suggested that such inversion should provide important lessons for Peace and Conflict Studies, namely on the centrality of theory for the definition of a new critical agenda that could also contribute to bring both disciplines closer to each other.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Dr Andre Barrinha
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 20:01

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