This book examines how critical approaches to security developed
in Europe can be used to investigate a Chinese security issue - the
case of the Falungong.
The past few decades have produced a rich field of theoretical
approaches to security in Europe. In this book, the
security-specific notions of securitization, the politics of
insecurity, and emancipation are used as analytical approaches to
investigate the anti-Falungong campaign in the People s Republic of
China. This campaign, launched in 1999, was the largest
security-related propaganda campaign since 1989 and was directed
against a group of qigong-practitioners who were presented as a
grave threat to society. The campaign had major impacts as new
security legislation was established and human rights organizations
reported severe mistreatment of practitioners.
This book approaches one empirical case with three approaches in
order to transcend the tendency to pit one approach against
another. It shows how they highlight different aspects in
investigation, and how they can be combined to gain more
comprehensive insights, and thereby invigorate renewed debate in
the field. Furthermore, this is used as a vehicle to discuss more
general philosophical issues of theory, development, and theory
development and will assist students to comprehend the effects
research framework selection has on a piece of research. Such
discussions are necessary in order to apply the frameworks in
investigations that go beyond the socio-political context they were
originally developed in.
This book will be of interest to students of critical security
studies, Chinese politics, research methods and IR in general."
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