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The Copenhagen school on your in Kyrgyzstan : is securitization theory useable outside Europe?

Wilkinson, Claire 2007, The Copenhagen school on your in Kyrgyzstan : is securitization theory useable outside Europe?, Security dialogue, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 5-25, doi: 10.1177/0967010607075964.

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Title The Copenhagen school on your in Kyrgyzstan : is securitization theory useable outside Europe?
Author(s) Wilkinson, ClaireORCID iD for Wilkinson, Claire orcid.org/0000-0002-8702-750X
Journal name Security dialogue
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 25
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 0967-0106
1460-3640
Keyword(s) Securitization
Copenhagen School
Kyrgyzstan
Summary The article argues that the theoretical framework presented by the Copenhagen School is currently unsuited to empirical studies outside the West owing to two factors. First, the presence of the ‘Westphalian straitjacket’ has prevented explicit interrogation of the normative concepts underlying the framework: there is a presumption that European understandings of society and the state are universal. Second, the centrality of the speech-act for securitization to the exclusion of other forms of expression, such as physical action, results in the theoretical framework producing a Westernized description of a given situation. The extent to which these factors limit the utility of the concepts of securitization and societal security in a non-Western setting is illustrated through the case of the overthrow of the government in Kyrgyzstan in March 2005. This example forms an empirical critique to highlight how theoretical shortcomings result in a simplified and Westernized description of the situation that does not take into account the specific local socio-political context. The article concludes that if the Copenhagen School’s theoretical framework is to be considered suitable for universal application, future theoretical developments must explicitly address the issues discussed to enable progress in escaping International Relations’ Westphalian straitjacket.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0967010607075964
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050279

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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