This chapter examines the role of emotions in securitisation theory and first
provides an overview of how emotions are currently integrated in
securitisation studies. The chapter then theorises securitisation as an
affective practice which is affected by the indirectness and remoteness
described in Chapter 5. The chapter also looks at the ways in which gender
and the myth of protection play out in the field of security professionals.
The chapter argues that securitising Islam indirectly sustains the myth of
American innocence and paints America as the ‘true victim’ of 9/11 insofar
as the indirectness removes the affective experience that usually
accompanies securitisation processes. This chapter thus looks at the
securitisation of Islam in an all-encompassing way by adding texture to the
analysis of the securitisation of Islam; that is, by including the role of
the body, affect, emotions and space, which are central to the proliferation
of Islamophobic attitudes in the United States.
This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how experiences in Kosovo have changed the discourse of European security. It provides new and stimulating perspectives on how 'Kosovo' has shaped European post-post-Cold War reality. The book aims to contribute to the insecurity of the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on the Kosovo events. It investigates how 'Kosovo' has developed into this principal paradigmatic sign in the complex text of European security. The book also investigates how its very marginality has emphasised the unravelling fringes and limits of the sovereign presence of what 'Europe' thinks it stands for, and how it affects the discourse on European security.