Alternatives: Global, Local, Political

Alternatives: Global, Local, Political is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, April-June

Boundary-Creating Processes and the Social Construction of Threat
Looking at the key theoretical approaches to the social construction of threat in the sociology of deviance and in political science, this article addresses the way boundaries between groups are created in different contexts. Comparison between UK...
Chimeras of Terror: Disciplining Roma Identity in Lithuania
The article explores the proliferation of discourses on (anti) terror and the production of discursive "peripheries" that provide a rationale for social exclusion, ethnic intolerance, and governmental disciplining after 9/11. Preconditions and functionality...
From Insecurity to Uncertainty: Risk and the Paradox of Security Politics
The changing contours of conflicts, wars, and crises with and after the end of the Cold War have led to a semantic shift: Not the avoidance of threats, so the argument goes, but the management of risks characterizes contemporary security practices....
Insuring Terrorism, Assuring Subjects, Ensuring Normality: The Politics of Risk after 9/11
Security has been located either in the political spectacle of public discourses or within the specialized field of security professionals, experts in the management of unease. This article takes issue with these analyses and argues that security practices...
Introduction: The Social Construction and Control of Danger in Counterterrorism
The destruction of the New York City twin towers and a wing of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, marks a turning point in post--Cold War security agendas. The reactions to these events reinforce the language, as well as the imaginary and political...
Terrorism: When Risk Meets Security
This article draws attention to the changing concepts of risk and security after 9/11 and the consequences that these changes have for political constructions of the state/market relation. By focusing on how the concept of partnership designates a...
Tourists or Vagabonds? Space and Time in the War on Terror
It is commonly argued that time is the defining element in modern warfare. Whether one looks to military strategy, or to critical academia, the analysis is often the same: time and speed, not mass and space, are the essentials of warfare. In the 'Global...
Toward the End of War? Peeking through the Gap
The concept of war is clearly not its old self. The recent debate indicates with considerable clarity that there no longer exists a superior position from which to authoritatively enforce a dominant and broadly accepted definition. The most profound...