Security and Global Health (Dimensions of Security)

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Every era, it is said, has its defining malady. What will be ours?Will it be a new human pandemic caused by an animal-borneinfectious disease, such as swine flu? Will it be a lethal microbelike anthrax deliberately released by terrorists bent on causingmass civilian casualties? Or will it be one of our new‘lifestyle' diseases - the epidemics of smoking, obesity andexcessive alcohol consumption that threaten to engulf modernsocieties? Perhaps our era will even be remembered for its tragicneglect of certain health issues - endemic diseases such asmalaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS that continue to ravage millionsin developing countries.

In this book Stefan Elbe shows that in the new millenniuminternational politics is no longer characterized by itspreoccupation with a single disease, but precisely by its need tourgently confront what is now an epidemic of epidemics. Over thepast decade a whole host of diverse global health issues haveraised the highest levels of political concern, provokinggovernments and international institutions to tackle such healththreats through the prism of security - be it national security,biosecurity, or human security. This convergence between healthissues and security concerns has also produced the new notion ofhealth security, which has already begun to shape the wayinternational health policy is formulated.

The intersection of the worlds of health and security isbeginning to change our very ideas of what security means and howit is achieved. At the outset of the twenty-first century,practising security increasingly demands that citizens becomepatients, that states resemble huge hospitals, and that securityitself becomes a technology of medical control. It is thistransformation of security, Elbe argues in an innovative andengaging re-conceptualization of the health-security nexus, thatmarks nothing short of the medicalization of security.

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Stefan Elbe is Professor in International Relations at University of Sussex

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'Overall, this is a very good book, containing sustaineddiscussions on important dimensions of health security. It has thepotential to inform transdisciplinary debates and provide foci forresearch in many areas.'
International Sociology

'Professor Elbe has provided an important resource in thiswell-written and documented book É In it, he explores theevolution of human health security, its medicalization, and itslikely impact É Through a series of case examples, andreferences to the work of several of the best thinkers in thisfield, he develops his argument about the seemingly inexorablemarch of medicalization as the means of achieving human healthsecurity, and points to a future that is likely to be dominated bythe practice of technical medical approaches and pharmaceuticalinterventions.'
Sarita Bhalotra, Brandeis University

'Every now and then a new book comes along that challenges us tothink more deeply about an issue, to consider more carefully thechoices we make and their impact. This book is just such a book.With this new work on the medicalization of security, Elbe has onceagain produced an insightful piece of work that will no doubt provea reference point for policy-makers, academics, practitioners, andstudents, for years to come.'
Adam Kamradt-Scott, London School of Hygiene and TropicalMedicine

'This is an excellent book which provides an authoritativeintroduction to the subject coupled with a challenging and originalnew line of thinking about the problem of securing globalhealth.'
Colin McInnes, Aberystwyth University

'Stefan Elbe has written a lucid and learned examination of thedebate surrounding the securitization of health in the modern era.A fascinating contribution to the increasingly salient discourse onhealth and global governance.'
Andrew Price-Smith, The Colorado College

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