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dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, Faye
dc.contributor.authorVlcek, William
dc.identifier.citationDonnelly , F & Vlcek , W 2021 , ' A tale of two currencies : talking about money and (de)securitising moves in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum ' , Critical Studies on Security , vol. 9 , no. 2 , pp. 98 - 111 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article investigates a ‘tale of two currencies’ that played out during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. Taking our cue from securitisation literature, we examine what happens when currency is framed as a security issue and threat. Studying this case, however, we find that the Copenhagen School underestimate the ability of actors to perform (de)securitising moves within interactive games about financial security. In such instances, we contend that currency can have significant yet unpredictable effects on how security can be spoken, enacted, and contested. Drawing attention to the heated debates that erupted during the two televised debates aired by STV and BBC, we reveal that the question of currency shaped the ‘Better Together’ and ‘Yes’ campaigns during the 2014 referendum in divergent ways. In the process, we find that currency offers new opportunities for understanding how money can speak security in Scotland and beyond.
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dc.subject(De)securitising movesen
dc.subjectTelevised debatesen
dc.subjectScottish Independenceen
dc.subjectMoney talken
dc.subjectHB Economic Theoryen
dc.subjectJN1187 Scotlanden
dc.titleA tale of two currencies : talking about money and (de)securitising moves in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendumen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of International Relationsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Global Law and Governanceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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