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Limits of security, limits of politics? A response

Aradau, Claudia (2006). Limits of security, limits of politics? A response. Journal of International Relations and Development, 9(1) pp. 81–90.

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My article, `Security and the Other Scene: Desecuritization And Emancipation' has triggered reactions to the political claims it put forth. The most controversial claim — in the eyes of the critics — was the formulation of the impossibility to think security only analytically, outside any political project. The other main criticism concerned the concept of politics formulated in the article. In my response, I argue first that political decisions are necessary to cut across the `indiscernability of knowledge'. Moreover, security is the political concept par excellence, as it entails questions about the politics that we enact. Second, I expose the closure that Schmitt's concept of the political entails for our possibilities of thinking a different politics.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1408-6980
Keywords: security; desecuritization; emancipation; exception; politics;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 8946
Depositing User: Claudia Aradau
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:03
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