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The Politics of Insecurity

Fear, Migration and Asylum in the EU, 1st Edition

By Jef Huysmans


208 pages

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The act of violence of 9/11 changed the global security agenda, catapulting terrorism to the top of the agenda. Weapons of mass destruction grabbed public interest and controlling the free movement of people became a national security priority.

In this volume, Jef Huysmans critically engages with theoretical developments in international relations and security studies to develop a conceptual framework for studying security. He argues that security policies and responses do not appear out of the blue, but are part of a continuous and gradual process, pre-structured by previous developments. He examines this process of securitization and explores how an issue, on the basis of the distribution and administration of fear, becomes a security policy. Huysmans then applies this theory to provide a detailed analysis of migration, asylum and refuge in the European Union.

This theoretically sophisticated, yet accessible volume, makes an important contribution to the study of security, migration and European politics.


'Emphasising the sociological nature of security analysis, this book advances a political-sociology theoretical understanding in security studies while at the same time making a substantial empirical contribution.'

- Gulf Research Center Book Review

'Jef Huysmans has opened up the whole area of societal security to a deeper and more detailed scrutiny than it has been given before.'

- Dr Klejda Mulaj, Senior Researcher

Table of Contents

1. Politics of Insecurity, Technology and the Political 2. Security Framing: The Question of the Meaning of Security 3. Displacing the Spectre of the State in Security Studies: From Referent Objects to Techniques of Government 4. Securitizing Migration: Freedom from Existential Threats and the Constitution of Insecure Communities 5. European Integration and Societal Insecurity 6. Freedom and Security in the EU: A Foucaultian View on Spill-Over 7. Migration, Securitization and the Question of Political Community in the EU 8. De-Securitizing Migration: Security Knowledge and Concepts of the Political Bibliography

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General