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What’s in an act? On security speech acts and little security nothings

What’s in an act? On security speech acts and little security nothings This article makes a claim for re-engaging the concept of ‘act’ in the study of securitization. While much has been written about the discursive and communicative aspects of securitizing, the concept of ‘act’ that contains much of the politicality of the speech-act approach to security has been relatively ignored. The task of re-engaging ‘acts’ is particularly pertinent in the contemporary context, in which politically salient speech acts are heavily displaced by securitizing practices and devices that appear as banal, little security nothings. The main purpose of the article is to begin the framing of a research agenda that asks what political acts can be in diffuse security processes that efface securitizing speech acts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Security Dialogue SAGE

What’s in an act? On security speech acts and little security nothings

Security Dialogue , Volume 42 (4-5): 13 – Aug 1, 2011

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© Peace Research Institute Oslo 2011
ISSN
0967-0106
eISSN
1460-3640
DOI
10.1177/0967010611418713
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Abstract

This article makes a claim for re-engaging the concept of ‘act’ in the study of securitization. While much has been written about the discursive and communicative aspects of securitizing, the concept of ‘act’ that contains much of the politicality of the speech-act approach to security has been relatively ignored. The task of re-engaging ‘acts’ is particularly pertinent in the contemporary context, in which politically salient speech acts are heavily displaced by securitizing practices and devices that appear as banal, little security nothings. The main purpose of the article is to begin the framing of a research agenda that asks what political acts can be in diffuse security processes that efface securitizing speech acts.

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Security DialogueSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2011

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