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Title: Exploitation, power and language in the arms control process : a neo-Gramscian perspective
Author: Arora, Bela
ISNI:       0000 0004 2694 2629
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2000
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The aim of this thesis is to challenge and re-assessth e existing approacht o the study of arms control. It outlines the ambiguity and lack of clarity in the discourse that surrounds the policy process, whilst drawing the reader's attention to the exclusionary nature of debate. This thesis argues that the arms control process has been used as a means of controlling the development of certain states. Over recent years the security studies agenda has widened considerably and recognised the influence of culture, for example, but this thesis aims to highlight the mechanisms of exploitation that are embodied in the arms control process. Existing, conventional approaches to the study of arms control often fail to highlight deeper issues of power relations, that serve to maintain the unequal international status quo. This thesis aims to highlight issues that could be a part of the future arms control agenda, that radically rethinks the theory and practice applied to date. Although there are some limitations to applications of Lukes' radical view of power, there is still scope for a valuable contribution to the arms control debate. Furthermore, by applying a neo-Gramscian perspective, as a broad conceptual umbrella, it is possible to elucidate upon the complexity of the issue and the maintenance of the hegemonic power of a small number of militarily advanced states. The globalisation process has provided an effective vehicle for the dissemination of norms and values that reinforce the dominance and leadership of a rather fluid hegemonic bloc. Furthermore, the media has been pivotal in reinforcing the international status quo by reproducing hegemonic discourses. This thesis examines the subtleties of the power relations involved in the arms control process and also poses questions about the potential long term effects of the current exploitative practices used by dominant states in regulating military development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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