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Post- structural security studies

ByANTHONY BURKE

This chapter outlines the contribution of post-structuralism to Security Studies in three ways. It shows, fi rst, how security is enabled by particular kinds of language and signifi cation that in turn structure and shape lived realities; second, how security functions through particular strategies and modalities of state and social power; and third, how claims about security underpin larger systems of identity and existence that structure relations between communities in antagonistic and problematic ways. It concludes by suggesting how post-structuralism offers ethical resources to help reshape security politics and practice.