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Handbook of Cultural Security

Edited by Yasushi Watanabe, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
This Handbook aims to heighten our awareness of the unique and delicate interplay between ‘Culture’ and ‘Society’ in the age of globalization. With particular emphasis on the role of culture in the field of “non-traditional” security, and seeking to define what ‘being secure’ means in different contexts, this Handbook explores the emerging concept of cultural security, providing a platform for future debates in both academic and policy fields.
Extent: 512 pp
Hardback Price: $260.00 Web: $234.00
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 773 0
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
How are cultural identities, values and traditions challenged, appropriated and negotiated? What does ‘being secure’ mean? Is ‘soft power’ merely a continuation of imperialism? The Handbook of Cultural Security heightens our awareness of the interplay between ‘culture’ and ‘society’ in the age of globalization, and explores the emerging concept of cultural security.

With chapters from leading experts providing case studies from across the world this timely and unique Handbook examines the relationship between society, culture, and security in a globalizing world. Providing a diverse examination of the topic, the contributors emphasize the role of ‘non traditional’ security and seek to define what ‘being secure’ means across a broad number of contexts. Chapters cover topics ranging from the politics of radical Islam, the global spread of gated communities, and cultures of security and surveillance to discussions of the concept of soft power; the forms it takes, and the impacts of ‘exporting’ culture.

This Handbook provides a platform for future debate in both academic and policy fields, and as such will be of interest for both students of public and social policy, international relations, and politics, as well as those engaged in shaping policy in these areas.
‘With a refreshingly original theoretical framework of “cultural security,” Professor Watanabe offers a collection of 24 chapters by eminent scholars from all over the world. Taking up urgent contemporary issues, each article deliberates upon the question of cultural security in the global era as “super modern” with competing soft powers or the global era as “postmodern” when culture serves as the “safety net” of one’s identity. It is a splendid contribution to academia as well as to the general public.’
– Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, University of Wisconsin, US
Contributors: A. Åkerlund, A. Anderson, A. Anisman, A. Azra, B.K. Blitz, E. Brogi, C. Ceniza Choy, A. Clarke, E. Eken, P. Gielen, J.L. Graves Jr., J. Guetzkow, F. Hartig, C.B. Huat, F. Izadi, J. Lai, G. Lee, A. Manguvo, O. McIvor, T. Monahan, M. Nyanungo, J. Pamment, A. Pande, S. Pandey, P.L. Parcu, A. Richter, J. Ruan, H. Saghaye-Biria, E. Sevin, S.J. Son, G. Sun, C. Webster, M. Wieviorka, A. Wojciuk, Y. Watanabe


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1. Border, Fear and Terror
Michel Wieviorka

2. Politics of “Radical Islam”
Azyumardi Azra

3. Biosciences and Neo-Racism
Joseph L. Graves Jr.

4. Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property Rights
Jessica Lai

5. Strategies for Indigenous Language Revitalization and Maintenance
Onowa McIvor and Adar Anisman

6. Traditional Medicine, Pandemic and Interventionism
Angellar Manguvo and Martha Nyanungo

7. Global Pentecostal Movements
Allan Anderson and Seung Jin Son

8. International Adoption and Global Inequality
Catherine Ceniza Choy

9. Nationality, Statelessness and Citizenship
Brad Blitz

10. The Global Spread of Gated Communities
Christopher Webster, Jingjing Ruan and Guibo Sun

11. Culture of Security and Surveillance
Torin Monahan

12. Arts, Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion
Joshua Guetzkow

13. Soft Power Theory after Nye
Geun Lee

14. Americanizing Soft Power Discourses and Its Discontents
Foad Izadi and Hakimeh Saghaye-Biria

15. The Role of the State in Cultural Diplomacy
James Pamment and Andreas Åkerlund

16. The Indian Diaspora Community and Soft Power
Amba Pande and Sanjay Pandey

17. Global Index and Nation Branding
Efe Sevin and Evren Eken

18. Higher Education as a Soft Power in International Relations
Anna Wojciuk

19. The Rise and Limits of the Confucius Institute
Falk Hartig

20. Politics of Pop Culture and Soft Power
Chua Beng Huat

21. The Role of Culture in the Constitution of a (Pan-European) Public Sphere
Pascal Gielen

22. Heritage Diplomacy and Soft Power
Amy Clarke

23. Pluralism, Freedom and Innovations in Media
Pier Luigi Parcu and Elda Brogi

24. Crimea Annexation and Strategic Communication
Andrei Richter