Securitization and the construction of security

McDonald, Matt (2008) Securitization and the construction of security. European Journal of International Relations, 14 4: 563-587. doi:10.1177/1354066108097553

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Author McDonald, Matt
Title Securitization and the construction of security
Journal name European Journal of International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-0661
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1354066108097553
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 563
End page 587
Total pages 25
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Those interested in the construction of security in contemporary international politics have increasingly turned to the conceptual framework of `securitization'. This article argues that while an important and innovative contribution, the securitization framework is problematically narrow in three senses. First, the form of act constructing security is defined narrowly, with the focus on the speech of dominant actors. Second, the context of the act is defined narrowly, with the focus only on the moment of intervention. Finally, the framework of securitization is narrow in the sense that the nature of the act is defined solely in terms of the designation of threats. In outlining this critique, the article points to possibilities for developing the framework further as well as for the need for those applying it to recognize both limits of their claims and the normative implications of their analysis. I conclude by pointing to how the framework might fit within a research agenda concerned with the broader construction of security.
Keyword Construction of security
Copenhagen School
Meaning of security
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes An earlier version of this article was presented at the International Studies Association conference in Chicago, 2007, on the panel ‘Critical Security Studies: Copenhagen and Beyond’.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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Created: Tue, 20 Sep 2011, 13:53:20 EST by Mr Matthew Mcdonald on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies