The Sociology of Security Studies

Security studies emerged in the years after world war two as a particular form of interdisciplinary, civilian expertise in a field previously reserved for military professionalism. The field professionalised, became largely subsumed into international relations / political science, and developed a complicated relationship to both academic theory and policy making. What social and cognitive structures did the field form at this intersection? What kind of intellectual field is security studies, how has it changed in recent years, and does it increasingly take distinct avenues in Europe, the US and maybe also other parts of the world?

The sociology of science angle on the field at large will mainly be pursued by Ole Wæver, but in close connection with Trine Villumsen's projects on think tanks and expertise, and work by Lene Hansen and Barry Buzan on the history of ‘security studies'. Wæver's short term outputs in this area include an article together with Barry Buzan, and an article in a forthcoming anthology edited by Arlene Tickner and Ole Wæver on how key concepts in International Relations theory are conceptualized differently around the world. In a collaborative project with Heine Andersen, Christian Knudsen and Kristoffer Kropp, a case study of security studies will be compared to other disciplines, sub-disciplines and inter-disciplines in the social sciences.

Ole Wæver, Trine Villumsen Berling, Lene Hansen, Barry Buzan, Arlene Tickner, Heine Andersen, Christian Knudsen and Kristoffer Kropp were the primary researchers on the project. 


Ole Wæver
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