Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter provides an overview of how warfare and militarization, as historical processes, have mutated and changed in parallel with and intersecting processes of globalization. Given the contradictory trajectory of less lethal wars that break out increasingly more frequently and last longer, it is necessary to revisit accepted definitions of war. The chapter provides insight into how to think about war as a conceptual problem rather than a discrete empirical phenomenon. Attempts to simplify war for the purposes of measuring it have created significant shortcomings in the fields of international relations, security studies, and war studies. This chapter does not attempt to develop a replacement definition. Instead, it is argued that the changing nature of war should be treated as a problematic for research and investigation rather than trying to settle on another definition of war that fails to keep up with the dynamic and complex character of empirical reality.

Keywords: war, militarization, geopolitics, postcolonialism, identity politics, networks, insurgency, terrorism, surveillance, security

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.