Tue, Sep 8
POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin
- Ch. 4, Historical Materialism (Herring, 47-60)
- Articulate the main assumptions of historical materialism
- Explain how historical materialists conceptualize security
- Describe historical materialism's prescription for security
- Contrast historical materialism to liberalism and realism
- alienation (48)
- capitalism (48)
- capitalists (54)
- class (48)
- cold war (48)
- constructivism (53)
- commodification (50)
- discourse (57)
- emancipation (55)
- empirical (48)
- exploitation (48)
- failed states (57)
- gender (47)
- human security (54)
- imperialism (49)
- International Relations (53)
- militarism (51)
- militarization (51)
- mode of production (54)
- neoliberalism (49)
- norms (54)
- post-Marxist (57)
- referent object (56)
- social science (48)
- structural violence (56)
- teleology (54)
- Why is historical materialism becoming increasingly prominent in Security Studies?
- What does historical materialism share with realism and liberalism? What does it offer that is distinctive in comparison with realist and liberal thinking about security?
- Why do historical materialists reject a sectoral approach to thinking about security in favor of a holistic one?
- Historical materialists accept that states are important for security but see states as reflecting class interets rather than national interests: what are the implications of this approach?
- What are the links between historical materialism and Critical Security Studies?
- How does historical materialism improve our understanding of structural violence and human security?
- What do historical materialists mean when they argue that arms production and the arms trade are forms of militarized capitalism?
- Why is the economic and political value of arms exports so exaggerated? What class interests do those exaggerations serve?
- What does historical materialism tell us about the relationships between development and security?
- Do you agree with the neoliberal view that increased insecurity for labor is a good thing? If not, what can be done to challenge the insecurity for labor that neoliberalism promotes?