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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dimitris Skleparis
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2016.
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Illiberal practices of liberal regimes have been extensively studied by critical security studies. The literature on risk emphasises the idea of imminent dangers and the logic of worst-case scenarios, which eventually unsettle the balance between security and liberty by always favouring the former in its most coercive and exceptional forms. This paper, by drawing on (in)securitization theory, attempts to explain how particular illiberal practices with respect to the control and management of immigration on the fringe of the EU become normalised. It argues that (in)securitization of immigration and illiberal practices are effects of the very functioning of a transnational field of (in)security professionals that are produced through the structural competition between different actors of this field over the definition of security and the appropriate control and management of immigration. In this respect, it uses Greece as a case study and draws on material gathered through interviews with Greek security professionals in Athens, Lesvos, Orestiada, and Alexandroupoli, and analysis of their discourse in dissertations they prepared during their study in police academies.
Author(s): Skleparis D
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: European Security
Online publication date: 23/10/2015
Acceptance date: 03/08/2015
Date deposited: 15/08/2019
ISSN (print): 0966-2839
ISSN (electronic): 1746-1545
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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