Securitization Theory: How Security Problems Emerge and Dissolve

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-21
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This volume aims to provide a new framework for the analysis of securitization processes, increasing our understanding of how security issues emerge, evolve and dissolve.Securitisation theory has become one of the key components of security studies and IR courses in recent years, and this book represents the first attempt to provide an integrated and rigorous overview of securitization practices within a coherent framework. To do so, it organizes securitization around three core factors which make the theory applicable to empirical studies: the centrality of audience, the co-dependency of agency and context and the structuring force of the dispositif. These factors are then investigated through discourse analysis, process-tracing, ethnographic research, and content analysis and discussed in relation to extensive case studies.This innovative new book will be of much interest to students of securitisation and critical security studies, as well as IR theory and sociology.Thierry Balzacq is Professor of Political Science at the University of Namur and Research Director at the University of Louvain. He specializes on critical approaches to security, IR theories and the external dimensions of EU internal security. 

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. vii
List of figuresp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
A theory of securitization: origins, core assumptions, and variantsp. 1
Enquiries into methods: a new framework for securitization analysisp. 31
The rules of securitizationp. 55
Reconceptualizing the audience in securitization theoryp. 57
Securitization as a media frame: what happens when the media 'speak security'p. 77
The limits of spoken words: from meta-narratives to experiences of securityp. 94
When securitization fails: the hard case of counter-terrorism programsp. 116
Securitization and de-securitization in practicep. 133
Rethinking the securitization of the environment: old beliefs, new insightsp. 135
Health issues and securitization: the construction of HIV/AIDS as a US national security threatp. 150
Securitization, culture and power: rogue states in US and German discoursep. 170
Religion bites: Falungong, securitization/desecuritization in the People's Republic of Chinap. 186
The continuing evolution of securitization theoryp. 212
Referencesp. 223
Indexp. 251
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