'Events Dear Boy, Events': Terrorism and Security from the Perspective of Politics

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Abstract

This article asks what it would mean to consider terrorism and security from the perspective of politics. It argues that security politics – defined as the activity of politicians when connected in some way to security – has been largely excluded from existing scholarly approaches to terrorism and security. In contrast to the assumptions about existential threat and sovereign/executive power characteristic of existing approaches, the article argues that if we consider security in terms of what is at stake for politicians, then it can no longer be considered as separate from ‘normal’ politics. From the perspective of politics, security events are just like other politically salient events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-120
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date10 Apr 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2012

Keywords

  • terrorism
  • security
  • events
  • politics
  • securitization

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