Language of Crisis

Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


This chapter introduces the concept of crisis as a dispositif of security. After briefly reviewing the different theorizations of the concept of dispositif, the chapter analyses the security dynamic of the dispositif of crisis in the first speeches of Salazar as a finance minister. The analysis addresses the emergence of a katechontic temporality at the core of the salvific politics of the 1926 financial dictatorship. The relationship between finance and Salazar’s idea of national salvation is then explored as a collective sacrifice: only through millions of micro-sacrifices can the nation be saved. This aspect of national rebirth will also be analysed within the 2011 bailout crisis. The analysis of media texts from that period will problematize the security dynamic of the dispositif of crisis.


Salazar 2011 bailout Dispositif of crisis Total mobilization Sacrifice Salvation 


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