Post-colonial governance through securitization? a narratological analysis of a securitization controversy in contemporary Danish and Greenlandic uranium policy

Rasmus Kjærgaard Rasmussen, Henrik Merkelsen

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This article combines the securitization approach with theory of risk and narratological methodology in the analysis of the Danish-Greenlandic government debates about potential uranium exploitation. The authors conclude that the securitization controversy visible at the surface level of policy documents reflects an identity struggle at the deeper narrative level closely related to the understanding of national identity politics. These underlying stakes are brought to the fore when securitization is used as a governance technique.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)83-103
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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