The concept of securitisation has gained increasing prominence in the past decade. Initially developed in Copenhagen, the term has been used to describe the broadening of the security agenda and the framing of particular issues as existential threats across the world. In spite of this prominence, very little work has been undertaken that questions the extent to which the concept can be applied beyond the Western world. This volume engages with these questions, providing a theoretical overview of issues with using the concept beyond the West, along with empirical papers looking at its use in a number of different contexts.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Global Discourse.
Introduction – The Copenhagen School goes global: securitisation in the Non-West 1. ‘It’s not a Muslim ban!’ Indirect speech acts and the securitisation of Islam in the United States post-9/11 2. Recursion or rejection? Securitization theory faces Islamist violence and foreign religions 3. Review of ‘Recursion or rejection? Securitization theory faces Islamist violence and foreign religions’, by Mona Kanwal Sheikh 4. Existential threats and regulating life: securitization in the contemporary Middle East 5. Review of ‘Existential threats and regulating life: securitization in the contemporary Middle East’, by Simon Mabon 6. From Copenhagen to Uri and across the Line of Control: India’s ‘surgical strikes’ as a case of securitisation in two acts 7. Securitization analysis beyond its power-critique 8 Securitization outside of the West: conceptualizing the securitization–neo-patrimonialism nexus in Africa 9. Securitization and the global politics of cybersecurity 10. The politics of securitized technology 11. Let’s just say we’d like to avoid any great power entanglements: desecuritization in post-Mao Chinese foreign policy towards major powers 12. China and discourses of desecuritization: a reply to Vuori 13. Securitization, mafias and violence in Brazil and Mexico 14. Sovereign implications of securitization work