Articulations of sovereignty

Aradau, Claudia (2010). Articulations of sovereignty. In: Denemark, Robert A. ed. The International Studies Encyclopedia. Oxford: Blackwell.


Sovereignty is simultaneously one of the more revered and reviled concepts in International Relations (IR). Long taken for granted as the ontological founding concept of the discipline, sovereignty has gradually become the locus of debates about the conditions of possibility of change and transformation, limits of politics and agency. 'Articulations of sovereignty' considers sovereignty as a practice which is worked upon and in turn works with and against other practices.How does sovereignty function in international politics, what limits, subjectivities, and dominations it reproduces and what 'margins, silences and bottom rungs' (Enloe 1996) it excludes from the purview of politics?

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