Reclaiming the political : emancipation and critique in security studies
Nunes, João. (2012) Reclaiming the political : emancipation and critique in security studies. Security Dialogue, Vol.43 (No.4). pp. 345-361. ISSN 0967-0106
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The critical security studies literature has been marked by a shared commitment towards the politicization of security – that is, the analysis of its assumptions, implications and the practices through which it is (re)produced. In recent years, however, politicization has been accompanied by a tendency to conceive security as connected with a logic of exclusion, totalization and even violence. This has resulted in an imbalanced politicization that weakens critique. Seeking to tackle this situation, the present article engages with contributions that have advanced emancipatory versions of security. Starting with, but going beyond, the so-called Aberystwyth School of security studies, the argument reconsiders the meaning of security as emancipation by making the case for a systematic engagement with the notions of reality and power. This revised version of security as emancipation strengthens critique by addressing political dimensions that have been underplayed in the critical security literature.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Security, International -- Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Security Dialogue|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 345-361|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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