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Volume 20, Issue 1
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Special Issue / Minorities, European Security and Securitisation of Group Relations: Approaching Security from a Minor Perspective

Guest editor: Marika Djolai

JEMIE - Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe is a peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). JEMIE is a multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies, such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation, minority issues and minority rights. It is devoted to analysing current developments in minority-majority relations in the wider Europe, and stimulating further debate amongst academics, students and practitioners on issues of instability and integration that are hampering democratic development in Europe - both East and West.

This special issue of JEMIE aims to contribute to better understanding of the contemporary security challenges that minority communities face in the European countries, and different forms of securitisation they are exposed to. It sheds light on how these sensitive issues, particularly in everyday life, are framed theoretically and approached methodologically. The way states behave towards minorities, but also migrants and refugees (new minorities) is grounded in security concerns in combination with a fear of a conflict potential where these groups are present. With the aim of offering new theoretical and practical approaches for research on securitisation of minorities, the articles in this issue delve deeper into the role of politics, the state, and the rights frameworks, alongside exploration of how minorities perceive (in)security.

Marika Djolai
Introduction: Fighting for Security from a Minor Perspective and Against Securitisation of Minorities in Europe

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Stavroula Pipyrou
On Security, Minorities, and Opportunistic Narcissism

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Andrea Carlà
Fear of Others: Processes of (De)Securitisation in Northern Ireland

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Francesco Trupia
Theorising ‘Good Personhood’ in Rural Kosovo: Inconspicuous Coexistence and Local Serb Responses to Security and Identity Dilemmas

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Helena E. Hirschler
Populist Radical Right Parties and the Securitisation of Asylum Policy

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Marius-Ionut Calu
Non-Dominant Groups in Kosovo: A Marginalised View on (De)Securitisation of Minorities After Conflict

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Marika Djolai and Elisabeth Reimers
Book Review: Crisis and ontological insecurity – Serbia’s anxiety over Kosovo’s secession

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