The morality of security: A theory of just securitisation

Rita Floyd, Ian Loader, Jessica Wolfendale , Fiona De Londras, Paul Roe

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The purpose of this introduction is to concisely present The Morality of Security: A Theory of Just Securitization so that those unfamiliar with this work are better able to engage with the symposium. The book develops a Theory of Just Securitisation outlining when securitisation is morally permissible. Securitisation, here, refers to more than a securitising speech act coupled with a legitimising audience's tacit or actual acceptance of the threat and defence framing. Arguably the question of the morality of securitisation is most pertinent when the same encompasses the use of measures and conduct that most reasonable persons would ordinarily (that is, in times when there is no relevant threat) consider unacceptable, largely because of the harm and/or the violence risked or entailed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-282
Number of pages35
JournalEuropean Journal of International Security
Issue number2
Early online date28 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations


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