National Security, Homeland Security

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Political scientists and nonprofessionals alike usually imagine National Security and Homeland Security as embodying close, often quasi-synonymous, concepts. However, considering them from the perspective of performative linguistics and speech act theory reveals that these terms, despite semantically covering neighboring domains, are politically intrinsically distinct. Accordingly, uncovering the genealogy and architecture of the two concepts, from their contextual origins to their ever-changing evolution and institutional drivers, highlights differences, which separate them, whilst at the same time contesting the spontaneous intuitive approach, which casts National Security and Homeland Security as kin notions. A deeper understanding of these important terms widely used in the contemporary political discourse becomes possible only via an analysis of their initial inner templates and the re-castings and transformations both have undergone in recent years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity at a Crossroads
Subtitle of host publicationNew tools for new challenges
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1-53615-331-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • National Security
  • Homeland Security
  • concept genealogy and architecture
  • speech acts and illocutionary force


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