Traditionally, security has been the realm of the state and its uniformed police. However, in the last two decades, many actors and agencies, including schools, clubs, housing corporations, hospitals, shopkeepers, insurers, energy suppliers and even private citizens, have enforced some form of security, effectively changing its delivery, and overall role.
In The Securitization of Society, Marc Schuilenburg establishes a new critical perspective for examining the dynamic nature of security and its governance. Rooted in the works of the French philosophers Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Gabriel Tarde, this book explores the ongoing structural and cultural changes that have impacted security in Western society from the 19th century to the present. By analyzing the new hybrid of public-private security, this volume provides deep insight into the processes of securitization and modern risk management for the police and judicial authorities as well as other emerging parties. Schuilenburg draws upon four case studies of increased securitization in Europe – monitoring marijuana cultivation, urban intervention teams, road transport crime, and the collective shop ban – in order to raise important questions about citizenship, social order, and the law within this expanding new paradigm. An innovative, interdisciplinary approach to criminological theory that incorporates philosophy, sociology, and political science, The Securitization of Society reveals how security is understood and enacted in urban environments today.
"A major contribution to the growing literature on ‘hybrid’ security . . . anchor[s] empirical research in some substantive theoretical footing."-Human Rights Review
“Schuilenburg has brilliantly charted the slips
that occur twixt the cup of security theory and the lip of day-to-day life.
Combining insights from classic and contemporary social theory with the fruits
of ethnographic exploration, he shows that things are never as simple as they
seem. Legal scholars long ago realized the need to study both law in theory and
law in action. Schuilenburg has laid the foundations for understanding
securitization in action.”-Michael Tonry,author of Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma
"Marc Schuilenburg’s book, The Securitization of Society, represents an important intervention in recent academic attempts to pin down the slippery phenomenon of security...[The book reflects] Schuilenburg's breathtaking command of a wide variety of conceptual resources, his own considerable, theoretical creativity, as well as the account of his well-crafted empirical work. It is a great pleasure to read a brilliant, philosophically expert mind at work."-Theoretical Sociology
Securitization of Society is a thoughtful and provocative work that announces
Marc Schuilenburg as an insightful, and much-needed, new theoretical voice in
the study of security. If you want to make sense of the myriad systems of
surveillance and hybrid public-private security assemblages that dominate
today’s urban landscape, this is a must-read.”-Keith Hayward,co-author of Cultural Criminology: An Invitation
Securitization of Society delivers a series of insights—about the dynamic
and unstable elements of the security world, about the difficulties of
inter-agency action, about the fragility of even the most powerful security
assemblages—that, having now been stated, will quickly become our new common
sense."-David Garland,from the Introduction