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The connections between crisis and war preparedness in Sweden
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Tactical Warfare Division, Maritime Operations Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9537-7569
2021 (English)In: Security Dialogue, ISSN 0967-0106, E-ISSN 1460-3640, Vol. 52, no 4, p. 206-324Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary liberal and democratic states have ‘securitized’ a growing number of issues by advancing the notion of societal security. This is coupled with a proactive stance and the conception of building societal resilience in order to withstand future crises and disturbances. The preemptive logic of contemporary security and crisis management calls for a new type of resilient neoliberal subject who is willing to accept uncertainty and shoulder greater individual responsibility for her own security. This article offers a genealogical analysis of this development in Sweden since the end of the Cold War, highlighting the role now assigned to citizens within social and national security planning. I argue that seeking a return to a more traditional notion of ‘total defence’ blurs the previously important war/peace and crisis/security distinctions. While war preparedness in previous eras was an exceptional aspect of human life and citizenship, the conceptions of security now evolving bind together societal and national security such that civil and war preparedness are merged into an ever-present dimension of everyday existence. The analysis also reveals that the responsibilization of individuals introduces a moral dimension into security and generates new forms of citizen–citizen relations. These extricate the sovereign powers of the state and the liberalist social contract between the state and its citizens.

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2021. Vol. 52, no 4, p. 206-324
Keywords [en]
Civil preparedness, governmentality, resilience, social and national security, solidarity, war preparedness
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Political Science
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War Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9516DOI: 10.1177/0967010620936849ISI: 000599560600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9516DiVA, id: diva2:1501192
Available from: 2020-11-16 Created: 2020-11-16 Last updated: 2022-04-05Bibliographically approved

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