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Children, civilianhood, and humanitarian securitization

Children, civilianhood, and humanitarian securitization

Macmillan, Lorraine ORCID: 0000-0003-4850-2838 (2015) Children, civilianhood, and humanitarian securitization. Critical Studies on Security, 3 (1). pp. 62-76. ISSN 2162-4887 (Print), 2162-4909 (Online) (doi:

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In this paper, the influence of the construction of children as civilians over the processes of securitization in the US intervention in Somalia is examined. This is done through an analysis of the US print news media coverage of that event. The study employs two key theoretical frameworks: the first is the social understanding of civilianhood; and the second is the Copenhagen School’s theory of securitization. The work concludes that a failure to unpack the value of referent objects of security diminishes the insights that securitization theory can offer. The grammar of securitizing moves cannot be fully comprehended in instances of militarized humanitarian interventions, in particular, without this kind of analysis. Children as suffering civilians draw considerable attention from the world’s media and thus an investigation of their role in securitization can be highly informative.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies on Security on 27/2/2015, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, civilian, referent object, security, securitization
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 00:52

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