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Securitisation Through Re-enchantment: The Strategic Uses of Myth and Memory
Postcolonial Studies (2017)
  • Paul W Nesbitt-Larking
  • James W. McAuley

This article is an investigation into the attempt by the federal Conservative government of Stephen Harper to securitise the Canadian polity through re-enchantment. Through the strategic use of discourses and the shaping of the regime of signification, the article explains how the Harper government attempted to re-enchant national myths of Anglo-conformist nationalism, militarism and loyalism. Using discourse analysis of government documents and speeches, the article examines three sites of discursive intervention: (1) National Museum and Archive policy, specifically, the renaming of the Canadian national museum; (2) the militarisation and royalisation of national institutions and commemorations, notably the renaming of the Canadian navy and (3) the privileging of anglo-centric and loyalist tropes in the performance of citizenship rituals, and associated with this, reforming Citizenship legislation. The article concludes with an analysis of the reasons for the overall failure of the Conservative government’s attempts to securitise through re-enchantment.
  • Ontological security,
  • securitisation,
  • enchantment,
  • conservative,
  • Stephen Harper
Publication Date
Fall October 4, 2017
Citation Information
Paul W Nesbitt-Larking and James W. McAuley. "Securitisation Through Re-enchantment: The Strategic Uses of Myth and Memory" Postcolonial Studies Vol. 20 Iss. 3 (2017) p. 317 - 332
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