Crisis as dislocation in global politics.

Nabers, Dirk (2017) Crisis as dislocation in global politics. Politics, 37 (4). pp. 418-431. DOI 10.1177/0263395716661341.

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The article asks how it is possible to conceptualize the ‘crisis of the social’, and how one can best
understand the relationship between crisis and social change in global politics. In doing so, it draws
on the notion of dislocation to conceptualize crisis as a lack, deficiency or failure in the social
fabric. The theoretical approach builds on the work of the late political theorist Ernesto Laclau and
his co-authored work with Chantal Mouffe. Two illustrative sections will develop the theoretical
model further on the basis of four interrelated and mutually constitutive elements: sedimented
practices and dislocation on the one hand, as well as antagonism and the institutionalization within
a so-called imaginary on the other. On this basis of an in-depth theoretical analysis, the article will
summarize some crucial aspects regarding the nexus between crisis and social change and their
implications for the study of global politics.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: contingency, crisis, discourse, dislocation, social change
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1177/0263395716661341
ISSN: 0263-3957
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 14:02
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 09:03

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