Cameron Harrington / Clifford Shearing

Security in the Anthropocene

Reflections on Safety and Care

The belief that »Nature« exists as a blank, stable stage upon which humans act out tragic performances of international relations is no longer tenable. In a world defined by human action, we must reorient our understanding of ourselves, of our environment, and our security.
This book considers how decentred and reflexive approaches to security are required to cope with the Anthropocene – the Human Age. Drawing from various disciplines, this bold reinterpretation explores the possibilities for understanding and preparing a future that will look vastly different than the past. The book asks to dig deeper into what it means to be human and secure in an age of ecological exception.

"In a growing field of interdisciplinary work on the Anthropocene, ›Security in the Anthropocene‹ sets itself apart. It blends ideas from criminology, international security studies and the environmental humanities to provide unique interdisciplinary insight into the challenges of living on an increasingly turbulent earth."
– Audra Mitchell, Balsillie School of International Affairs/Wilfrid Laurier University

"This essential, groundbreaking book offers a new conceptual framework that recalibrates what security means in the Anthropocene. Not content on simply highlighting the state of crisis fostered by existential risks in this new era, Cameron Harrington and Clifford Shearing invite us to imagine a more positive and caring form of security."
– Benoit Dupont, University of Montreal

"Harrington and Shearing's fine book explores evocatively how humans might cope with a world that is fundamentally changed through a critical appraisal of how new impacts on the Earth system shift the conditions of security. This is a tour de force of how our concepts of security create the world that afflicts us. The authors argue, convincingly, that there can be no security in the Anthropocene without an expanded vision of care."
– John Braithwaite, Australian National University


Cameron Harrington is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Western University, Canada.
Clifford Shearing (Prof.) holds professorships at the Universities of Cape Town, Griffith and Montreal and positions at the University of New South Wales and the Durban University of Technology.

Cameron Harrington:
Cameron Harrington:
Cameron Harrington: Universität Kapstadt
Clifford Shearing: Griffith University
Clifford Shearing: Universität Kapstadt
Clifford Shearing: ResearchGate

»This passionate and extremely well written volume should be read by all of us interested in such questions. It cannot provide a clearly formulated set of policy solutions, but it very effectively begins the necessary and urgent task of focusing our collective attention on how to rethink security in the Anthropocene.«
Simon Dalby, ACUNS, 09.01.2018

International Relations, Security Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Criminology

Print 79,99 €

08/2017, 196 Seiten, Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-8376-3337-5

Artikel-Nr.: 3337

-3337-5: Harrington/Shearing, Security in the Anthropocene

Reflections on Safety and Care


Lieferzeit in der Regel 3-5 Werktage


E-Book 79,99 €

PDF-Download, 1,39 MB
08/2017, 196 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-8394-3337-9

Preise inkl. gesetzlicher MwSt.*

Weitere Titel zum Thema

Politik, Natur

Weitere Titel aus der Reihe

Edition Politik