Critical security studies in the dismantling of security

Calkivik A.

ETUDES INTERNATIONALES, vol.46, pp.252-270, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Page Numbers: pp.252-270


Critical engagement with security has become a vibrant area of research, giving birth to distinct subfields such as Feminist Security Studies and Critical Terrorism Studies. However, a growing number of critical scholars have begun to question the achievements of this agenda in recent years. They point out how critical discourses on security take on the guise of a new orthodoxy and become complicit in the reproduction of existing power relations. Some go so far as to declare the "death" of critical security studies. In this article, I review these emergent debates on the bottleneck faced by critical security studies and elaborate on the critiques voiced about the current state of the field.