The Securitization of Society
Crime, Risk, and Social Order
"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."
"A major contribution to the growing literature on ‘hybrid’ security . . . anchor[s] empirical research in some substantive theoretical footing."
—Human Rights Review
"The 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
“The 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
“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
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