Toward a vernacular security studies: origins, interlocutors, contributions and challenges

Jarvis, Lee (2019) Toward a vernacular security studies: origins, interlocutors, contributions and challenges. International Studies Review, 21 (1). 107–126. ISSN 1521-9488

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Abstract

This article seeks to situate, evaluate, and advance the recent “turn” toward the “vernacular” within security studies. It argues that vernacular security studies has significant advantages over alternative “bottom up” approaches. First, its conceptual emptiness allows for genuinely inductive research into public experiences, understandings, anxieties, and fears. Second, it offers engagement with a potentially far richer tapestry of everyday (in)securities by refusing to prioritize particular populations by virtue of their identity or sociopolitical position. And, third, such an approach avoids the universalism inherent within related, yet more explicitly cosmopolitan, approaches to security. The article begins by situating vernacular security studies within relevant intellectual and (geo-)political dynamics from the late twentieth century. A second section distinguishes this approach from six alternative traditions with a similar emphasis on individual human referents: human security, critical security studies, postcolonialism, feminism, ontological security studies, and everyday security studies. The article then elaborates on the significance and added value of vernacular approaches to security, before outlining core conceptual, methodological, and ethical questions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical security studies,everyday security,feminism,human security,international relations,postcolonialism,vernacular security,geography, planning and development,political science and international relations,sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 06:05
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 03:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65505
DOI: 10.1093/isr/viy017

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