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Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: The Fear of Anarchy in State Securitization

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posted on 2017-01-11, 10:02 authored by Athina Karatzogianni, Andy Robinson
This article investigates the role of ‘anarchy’ in state securitisation. First, we discuss state hierarchies’ struggle with active and reactive anarchic networks, theorising a state in existential crisis, which exploits anti-anarchist discourses to respond to network threats. In the second part, we illustrate with examples the use of fear of anarchy in hierarchical productive structures of securitisation. As an ‘antiproduction assemblage’, the state treats logics stemming from the ‘social principle’ as a repressed Real, the exclusion of which underpins its own functioning. The scarcity and fear resulting from state terror ensure responses to this structural violence by reactive networks, while paradoxically also exacerbating reactive tendencies within social movements. In the concluding part, we discuss visions of desecuritising society, breaking away from majoritarian logics of control and the coming of other worlds counterposed to the hierarchies producing and reproducing an eternal loop of state and network terror.

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Journal of International Political Theory, 2017, 13(3), pp. 282 - 295

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of International Political Theory

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SAGE Publications (UK and US)

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1755-0882

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1755-1722

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2017-09-22

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1755088217718570

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en

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