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Catarina Kinnvall

Catarina Kinnvall

Assistant Head of Department Coordination of Research | Professor

Catarina Kinnvall

Ontological Insecurity in the European Union

Editor

  • Catarina Kinnvall
  • Ian Manners
  • Jennifer Mitzen

Summary, in English

The European Union (EU) faces many crises and risks to its security and existence. While few of them threaten the lives of EU citizens, they all create a sense of anxiety and insecurity about the future for many ordinary Europeans. This comprehensive volume explores the concept of ‘ontological security’ which was introduced into international relations over a decade ago to better understand the ‘security of being’ found in feelings of fear, anxiety, crisis, and threat to wellbeing. The authors make use of this concept to explore how narratives of European integration have been part of public discourses in the post-war period and how reconciliation dynamics, national biographical narratives and memory politics have been enacted to create ontological security. Within this context, they also discuss the anxiety of the ‘remainers’ in the Brexit referendum and the consequences of its failure to address the ontological anxieties and insecurities of remain voters. The book also explores: how European security firms market ontological security and provide an ontological security-inspired reading of the EU’s relations with post-communist states; the EU and NATO’s engagement with hybrid threats; and the EU as an anxious community.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2019-06-25

Language

English

Document type

Book

Publisher

Routledge

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Ontological Insecurity
  • European Union
  • European Integration
  • Ontological Security

Status

Published

Project

  • Ontological Security in the European Union

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISBN: 9780429264375
  • ISBN: 9780367727277
  • ISBN: 9780367209537