Subordinate, Subsumed and Subversive: Sub-national Actors as Referents of Security
- Prof. Dr. Varun Sahni
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Identity politics, the politics of difference, is always intrinsically and intensely relational. We define who we are, and who we are not, by either linking ourselves with, or differentiating ourselves from, those around us.1 Coping with difference has always been an important aspect of human and social life. Sometimes difference is enriching, at other times merely functional; often, however, it is ominous and menacing. When difference seems to be, or indeed becomes, threatening, what emerges is a securitization of difference. It is this dimension of security — how the state deals with the threat of difference within itself, and how sub-national actors position themselves vis-à-vis the threat posed by the state — that is the principal theme of this chapter.
- As Charles Taylor (1992: 32–33) would put it, “We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us.”
- The general apprehension in this regard is captured well by Charles Taylor: “The claim is that the supposedly neutral set of difference-blind principles ... is in fact a reflection of one hegemonic culture.... [Only] the minority or suppressed cultures are being forced to take alien form” (Taylor 1992: 43).
- On this point, see at: <http://www.francophonie.org/ membres/etats/>, accessed 1 September 2005.
- The classic treatment of this problem is Myron Weiner’s “Macedonian Syndrome” model, which is based on “the transnational character of ethnic groups and the disputes over boundaries [between states]” (Weiner 1971: 667).
- On mestizaje, see Basave Benítez (1992). The conception of México mestizo (mixed race Mexico) has in recent years been contested by the diametrically opposed conception of México profundo (deep ‘hinterland’ Mexico), with strong indigenous overtones. On the latter, see Bonfil Batalla (1996).
- Subordinate, Subsumed and Subversive: Sub-national Actors as Referents of Security
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- Globalization and Environmental Challenges
- Book Subtitle
- Reconceptualizing Security in the 21st Century
- Book Part
- Part IV
- pp 431-437
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- Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace
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- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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- PD Dr. phil. habil. Hans Günter Brauch (2)
- Prof. Dr. Úrsula Oswald Spring (3)
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. habil. Czeslaw Mesjasz (4)
- Prof. Dr. John Grin (5) (6)
- Dr. Pál Dunay (7)
- Prof. Dr. Navnita Chadha Behera (8)
- Prof. Dr. Béchir Chourou (9)
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Patricia Kameri-Mbote (10) (11)
- Prof. Dr. P. H. Liotta (12)
- Editor Affiliations
- 2. Department of Political and Social Sciences, member of the College of Associated Scientists and Advisors (CASA) at UNU-EHS, AFES-PRESS chairman, Free University Berlin
- 3. Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidiscipinarias (CRIM), National University of Mexico (UNAM), MRF Chair on Social Vulnerability at UNU-EHS
- 4. Faculty of Management, Cracow University of Economics
- 5. Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam
- 6. Amsterdam School for Social science Research, Dept. of Political Science, University of Amsterdam
- 7. Geneva Centre for Security Policy
- 8. Nelson Mandela Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University
- 9. University of Tunis-Carthage
- 10. Department of Private Law, School of Law, University of Nairobi
- 11. International Environmental Law Research Centre, Kenya Office
- 12. Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University
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- 13. School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Room 215, New Delhi, 110067, India
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