Performative securitization: from conditions of success to conditions of possibility

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  • Lise Philipsen
This piece develops a performative take on securitization theory. It argues that rather than seeing authority as a prerequisite for speaking security, we need to zoom in on how speaking security can be used to claim authority. Such acts of claiming authority are crucial to understand the current political struggles to redefine security. In order to do so, I make two claims taking securitization theory further, an iterative claim and a performative claim. One, following Derrida, we must open up what can be said about security, enabling an analysis of how the security logic is not only used, but also challenged and changed. Two, following Butler, we must open up who can speak security, seeing how speaking security can be used to take authority, rather than seeing authority as a precondition for speaking security.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Relations and Development
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)139-163
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Butler, Derrida, Iteration, Performativity, Poststructuralism, Securitization

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