The question of the limit: Desecuritisation and the aesthetics of horror in political realism

Huysmans, Jef (1998) The question of the limit: Desecuritisation and the aesthetics of horror in political realism. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 27 (3). 569-+. ISSN 0305-8298. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Desecuritisation-or, the unmaking of the securitisation-of migration, is a critical strategy which should make it possible to relocate the question of migration to a context of ethico-political judgement in wh ich one does not seek to found the political on the basis of an existential threat. This article contributes to a better understanding of the ethico-political problematique this 'relocation' addresses by rendering explicit the central ethico-political issue which is born out of the securitisation of migration. More specifically, I look at this question by interpreting the political significance of an existential threat in a Schmittean rendering of the political. The key ethico-political question which arises from this interpretations is whether one wa,lts to integrate free individuals into a political community on the basis of a passage to the limit and the political aesthetics of horror it implies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2009 10:35
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:18
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17372 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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