Re-imagining political life: beyond the climate-security-migration nexus

Raffaela Puggioni, Maria Julia Trombetta

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This chapter provides a critical account of the nexus between climate change, migration, and security. By scrutinizing dominant security literature, we consider the limits of both the securitization and governmentality approaches. We devote special attention to the discursive shift from migration as a threat to migration as an adaptation strategy. We highlight, in particular, the limits of conceptualizing the response to climate change in terms of migration and resilience. While the discourse on migration romanticizes the ability of affected populations to overcome state borders, the discourse on resilience tends to naturalize climate change and projects affected populations as always-already able to resist, adapt, and overcome climate change. The chapter suggests abandoning dominant security perspectives and embracing a creative and positive approach, where we envisage new ways of re-inventing the relation between human life and our environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Climate Change and International Security
EditorsMaria J. Trombetta
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781789906448
ISBN (Print)9781789906431
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2023


  • Securitization
  • Resilience
  • Governmentality
  • Imagination
  • Latour


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