chapter  5
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Securitization theory


This chapter analyses the contributions of securitization theory as a critical approach to security. It uses the Unocal affair as a case study, looking at the securitization of energy by elite US actors to show how securitization theory can be used to illustrate threat constructions and to interrogate and question these processes. The case study illustrates securitization in practice, highlighting both the contributions of the theory to critical security approaches more broadly conceived and its limitations.