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The Political Economy of Global Communication

An Introduction. Human Security in the Global Economy

By (author) Peter Wilkin
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Pluto Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 7th Sep 2001
Dimensions: w 135mm h 215mm d 12mm
Weight: 272g
ISBN-10: 0745314015
ISBN-13: 9780745314013
Barcode No: 9780745314013
Synopsis
Recent debates surrounding human security have focused on the satisfaction of human needs as the vital goal for global development. Peter Wilkin highlights the limitations of this view and argues that unless we incorporate an account of human autonomy into human security then the concept is flawed. He reveals how human security is a concern with social relations that connect people in local, national and global networks of power, structured through capitalism and hierarchical inter-state systems. Autonomy, as an aspect of human security, depends upon the ability of citizens to gain information about the processes that shape their lives. In this respect autonomy and communication are inherently linked and are prerequisites for the establishment of meaningful democratic systems.

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