Reclaiming public action from theories of securitization

Jessica Pykett*

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This commentary engages with the critique of ‘idealist–cynicism’ offered in Barnett’s article. It outlines the geographical misconceptions of critical research in security studies identified by Barnett and summarizes the alternative approaches offered as a counterpoint. The commentary points towards the need for further elaboration on the precise account of mechanisms of subjectification on offer here and speculates about the problems posed by Barnett’s analysis for providing a clear basis for critical social science research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-286
Number of pages3
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • critique
  • governance
  • manipulation
  • paternalism
  • subjectification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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