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Theories, methods and practices - a longitudinal spatial analysis of the (de)securitization of the insurgency threat in Russia

Snetkov, A; (2017) Theories, methods and practices - a longitudinal spatial analysis of the (de)securitization of the insurgency threat in Russia. Security Dialogue , 48 (3) pp. 259-275. 10.1177/0967010617701676. Green open access

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Abstract

How do securitizing actors go about desecuritizing policy issues that have been securitized across multiple spatially bounded referent objects? Do such desecuritizations develop as a single or manifold process and with what political effect? And critically, how do we methodologically approach the study of such processes? These are pertinent questions that have been left underexamined in the (de)securitization literature. In seeking to fill this gap, this article makes two main points. First, it calls for a greater focus on the study of (de)securitizations that are constructed according to multiple spatially bounded referent objects, and on how these diverging strands of discourse and practice shape the overarching process. Second, it argues for a greater use of longitudinal methods of analysis as a better way to capture the evolutionary dynamics of desecuritization processes, which (re)constitute security policies and agendas. To illustrate these claims, the article considers the empirical case of Russia’s (de)securitization of insurgent threats since 2000 by tracing this process over a longitudinal period and across three spatial-referent objects, namely the local level: Chechnya; the sub-federal level: North Caucasus; and the national level: Russia.

Type: Article
Title: Theories, methods and practices - a longitudinal spatial analysis of the (de)securitization of the insurgency threat in Russia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0967010617701676
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0967010617701676
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Copenhagen School, critical security studies, desecuritization, methods, Russia, securitization
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061712
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