Western state-building and women's human (in)security in Afghanistan

Walter, Benjamin John (2012). Western state-building and women's human (in)security in Afghanistan PhD Thesis, School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Walter, Benjamin John
Thesis Title Western state-building and women's human (in)security in Afghanistan
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-01-01
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Martin Weber
Andrew Phillips
Total pages 222
Total colour pages 8
Total black and white pages 214
Language eng
Subjects 160607 International Relations
220306 Feminist Theory
1606 Political Science
Formatted abstract
This dissertation will attempt to restore the latent emancipatory potential entailed within the concept of human security through a reconceptualisation of the concept to focus more explicitly on the everyday agencies and struggles of human subjects against oppression. Moreover, to this end, the original contribution to the field that this thesis makes is the construction of a novel methodological design, drawn from Hegelian Feminism, which facilitates an exploration of human subjects’ (in)security in different contexts. This innovative conceptual and methodological approach will then be used to respond to the following empirical research question: “How has Western state-building affected Afghan women’s human (in)security since the fall of the Taliban?” In addition to offering practical insights into some of the underlying reasons for the failure of Western state-building in Afghanistan, this dissertation aims to show the manifold ways in which Afghan women, and men, act to change the world around them. Furthermore, due to the inherent transferability of this dissertation’s methodological approach, it offers considerable potential for critical theorists interested in researching the immanent possibilities for vulnerable human subjects to achieve greater levels of emancipation and security holistically.
Keyword Afghanistan
Feminist theory
State building
Human security

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