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Security politics and identity policy
Anthony Burke

define and solidify Australian national identity have always been contested and unstable, how they have been linked with tangible conflicts over land, injustice and power, and how they have been closely intertwined with anxieties about (and discourses of) insecurity. It then goes on to challenge these approaches on two levels: normatively, it argues that such a politics forestalls

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Gendered legacies and feminist futures in the Asia-Pacific
Katrina Lee-Koo

, ‘the mainstream international policy debates on some of the most pressing and contested issues of our time . . . are not being systematically informed by the knowledge that is being generated through gender research and scholarship’ ( UNRISD, 2005 : xv). Instead, both the implications of traditional security theorizing on gendered identities and more gender specific insecurities

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister

studied, the ontological status of insecurities and questions of identity, and through these moves security has come to be treated less as an objective condition and much more as the product of social processes. (Neocleous 2008 : 3) A second dynamic running alongside this profusion of work on security is the extent of contestability therein. Whether or

in Anti-terrorism, citizenship and security
Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister

This chapter follows the previous discussion of public evaluations of anti-terrorism powers by examining the impact thereof on citizens and citizenship more specifically. Two main findings from our research are discussed. First, that anti-terrorism powers have impacted – variably – on four key aspects of citizenship: rights, participation, identity and duties. As

in Anti-terrorism, citizenship and security
Conflict, displacement and human security in Burma (Myanmar)
Hazel J. Lang

states are governed by elites whose legitimacy is contested, and whose policies threaten their own polities or people(s) more than any other threat ( Tow, 2000 : 5). States – such as the larger states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – may be obsessed with ‘internal security’ against challenges to the regime or national unity ( Burke

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Kosovo prior to 1999
Naomi Head

’s political and social history. Both Serbian and Kosovar Albanian identities have been constructed in part through perceived ties to Kosovo and influential historical myths. 6 Central to the political importance of Kosovo and the perpetuation of myths are Kosovo’s demographics and their historically contested roots. The 1981 Yugoslav census indicates that

in Justifying violence
A Singaporean tale of two ‘essentialisms’
See Seng Tan

‘ASEAN-ISIS’ or even the ‘ISEAS’, are sites of ceaseless political contestation and whose identities – or, à la Butler (1993), ‘materiality’ – exist only via precarious balancing acts wherein diverse interpretive elements are variously included and, at times violently, excluded ( Ashley, 1987 : 410). By setting aside the incessant pitting of pre-given states against pre

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Adrian Millar

Introduction While the literature on Northern Ireland is voluminous, 1 in keeping with the Lacanian emphasis on the centrality of aggression in the construction of identity, in this chapter I examine the literature that explains the Northern Ireland conflict in terms of communal identity and, in this process, note the republican self

in Socio-ideological fantasy and the Northern Ireland conflict
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Redefining security in the Middle East
Tami Amanda Jacoby and Brent E. Sasley

involved a broad range of issues with respect to the state and its function as a protection system and a collective identity structure, and has raised questions of an epistemological and ontological nature, as well as other levels of analysis between the local and the global. By challenging the unified, abstract and ethnocentric bias of mainstream security studies and its realist–neorealist paradigm, critical

in Redefining security in the Middle East
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Asia-Pacific security legacies and futures
Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald

. This approach, predicated ultimately on the preservation of the nation-state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity from violent threats, is defined here as that which precisely needs to be problematized and contested: as part of the problem of global suffering and vulnerability rather than as a basis for potential solutions. This approach to security defines the state as the referent object and agent

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific