Affective communities as security communities

Hutchison, Emma (2013) Affective communities as security communities. Critical Studies on Security, 1 1: 127-129. doi:10.1080/21624887.2013.790227

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Author Hutchison, Emma
Title Affective communities as security communities
Journal name Critical Studies on Security   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2162-4887
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1080/21624887.2013.790227
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 127
End page 129
Total pages 3
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract In this intervention, I argue that conceptualizing the politically constitutive nature of emotions is crucial for a more holistic and reflective understanding of security. Emotions are a mechanism through which political identities and communities are shaped and sustained. They are part of the social fabric that binds communities together. In certain circumstances and particularly after political conflict and crises, emotions can be mobilized in ways that focus communities on trauma and generate antagonistic perceptions and mindsets. Security becomes defined narrowly; resources are spent keeping perceived dangers at bay. Highlighting the links between emotions, community and security, I underline the need to examine how the emotional meanings that underpin these kinds of ‘affective communities’ can constitute threat perceptions and create violent security patterns. Doing so is critical as it provides a pathway through which scholars and policy analysts can rethink security through the type of social emotional dispositions that traditional security approaches are both predicted on and in turn perpetuate.
Keyword Community
International relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 14 June 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Other
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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Created: Wed, 28 Aug 2013, 19:01:15 EST by Dr Emma Hutchison on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies