The Anthropology of Security

The Anthropology of Security : Perspectives from the Frontline of Policing, Counter-terrorism and Border Control

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In a post-Cold War world of political unease and economic crisis, processes of securitisation are transforming nation-states, their citizens and non-citizens in profound ways. The book shows how contemporary Europe is now home to a vast security industry which uses biometric identification systems, CCTV and quasi-military techniques to police migrants and disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This is the first collection of anthropological studies of security with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on Europe. The Anthropology of Security draws together studies on the lived experiences of security and policing from the perspective of those most affected in their everyday lives. The anthropological perspectives in this volume stretch from the frontlines of policing and counter-terrorism to border more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 14mm | 280g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • figures
  • 0745334571
  • 9780745334578
  • 1,150,395

About Mark Maguire

Mark Maguire is Head of Anthropology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Catarina Frois is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Lisbon University. Nils Zurawski is Visiting Professor in Security, Social Conflicts and Regulation at the University of more

Review quote

'This innovative volume destabilises dominant security discourses to create a vital space for nuanced inquiry into power relationships, social inequalities, and ideology' -- Torin Monahan, author of Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity 'This book will come as a revelation to scholars from Security Studies and Anthropology' -- Ursula Rao, Professor of Anthropology, University of Leipzig 'This powerful volume sounds the call for a critical anthropological consideration of security as a fundamental analytic of the contemporary' -- Daniel Goldstein, Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jerseyshow more

Table of contents

1. Sarkozy and the Roma: Performing Securitisation, by Marion Demossier 2. Video-Surveillance and the Political use of Discretionary Power in the Name of Security and Defence, by Catarina Frois 3. Location, Isolation, and Disempowerment: The Swift Proliferation of Security Discourse among Policy Professionals, by Greg Feldman 4. Compensating (In)Security: Anthropological Perspectives on Internal Security, by Alexandra Schwell 5. Petty States of Exception: The Contemporary Policing of the Urban Poor, by Didier Fassin 6. Counter-terrorism in European Airports, by Mark Maguire 7. Whose Security? The Deportation of Foreign-national Offenders from the UK, by Ines Hasselber 8. Grey Zones of Illegality: Inhuman Conditions in Receiving Irregular Migrants in Greece, by Jutta Lauth Bacas Conclusions Security: Encounters, Misunderstanding and Possible Collaborationsm, by Didier Bigo Contributors Indexshow more