"Human Security, Culture, and Globalization: Transculturality, Creative Practice, or Oeuvre?”

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Author(s)Davies M
Editor(s)Pasha, M.K.
Publication type Book Chapter
Book TitleGlobalization, Difference, and Human Security
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Does a conception of human security need to take culture into account? How can we conceptualise culture for human security? This paper will address these questions through a critical examination of “transculturality.” This notion provides a serious attempt to overcome overly reified ideas of culture – a necessary task if a concept of culture is to contribute to a theory of security that does not strip people of meaningful and autonomous participation in human communities. However, like the concepts it attempts to supersede, “transculturality” focuses on the circulation of people, meanings, and experience. Culture, or trans-cultural forms, no longer “belong” to specific groups or territories but they nevertheless circulate, disembodied in a globalised sphere where people seem to encounter them already formed. The critical conception developed here focuses instead the sphere of cultural production, on work and creative practice, to provide a richer conception of culture for the critique of human security.
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