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Security and the democratic scene: desecuritization and emancipation
This article argues, contra the Copenhagen School, that desecuritization has to be tackled first politically and not analytically and proposes a different concept of emancipation, which is informed by the principles of universality and recognition.
The Perverse Politics of Four-Letter Words: Risk and Pity in the Securitisation of Human Trafficking
This article unpacks two constructions of human trafficking: as a security threat and as a humanitarian problem. Restricting its focus to trafficking of women for the sex industry, the article
Rethinking Trafficking in Women: Politics out of Security
What should be done about trafficking in women? Rethinking Trafficking in Women argues that the question to be asked is, 'What cannot be done about trafficking in women?' Exploring the complex
Security That Matters: Critical Infrastructure and Objects of Protection
Critical infrastructure protection is prominently concerned with objects that appear indispensable for the functioning of social and political life. However, the analysis of material objects in
Critical methods in International Relations: The politics of techniques, devices and acts 1
Methods have increasingly been placed at the heart of theoretical and empirical research in International Relations (IR) and social sciences more generally. This article explores the role of methods
The promise of security: resilience, surprise and epistemic politics
Over the past decade, resilience has become a quasi-universal answer to problems of security and governance, from climate change to children's education, from indigenous history to disaster response,
Security, Technologies of Risk, and the Political: Guest Editors' Introduction
THE PROLIFERATION AND PERVASIVENESS of risk in late modern societies has spawned numerous analyses of the new governance of societies, the role of knowledge and the reshaping of modern subjects. From
Governing Terrorism Through Risk: Taking Precautions, (un)Knowing the Future
The events of 9/11 appeared to make good on Ulrich Beck's claim that we are now living in a (global) risk society. Examining what it means to ‘govern through risk’, this article departs from Beck's
Law transformed: Guantánamo and the ‘other’ exception
Abstract Guantánamo Bay is almost unanimously seen as an exceptional space inhabited by ‘bare life’. This article unpacks the double rendering of the exception in Carl Schmitt's work and argues that
Questioning security devices: Performativity, resistance, politics
A special issue proposing an analytics of devices to examine the configuration and reconfiguration of security practices by attending to the equipment or instrumentation that make these practices possible and temporally stabilize them is introduced.