Spaces of Security
Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance, and Control
"What is security? It is a dominating concern in contemporary society, but its meaning is elusive. This powerful collection offers a way to understand it. The book uses the concept of “securityscape,” the landscape of security, to examine ethnographically the spatial and temporal dimensions of security, including its infrastructure – walls and borders – and its affective and imaginary worlds. It shows brilliantly how the concern with security both excludes and includes, exacerbating existing racial, gendered, and economic inequalities."
—Sally Engle Merry, New York University
"An impressive collection of articles that address the spatial aspects of anthropological writings about security. These articles demonstrate the ways the spatial could be used to provide a better understanding of aspects of security and insecurity in Kenya, Romania, border areas in Latin America, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, military bases in Guam and in the United States... a welcome addition to anthropological and other social science studies that address the multiple aspects of security at a specific moment."
—Aseel Sawalha, Fordham University
"This pathbreaking volume brings together perspectives from anthropology, geography and political theory to put the securitization of home, body, borders and other quotidian spaces in a new conceptual light. With a fine eye to earlier theories, the authors also move us forward to re-imagine the relationship between security and insecurity, showing that these are not two sides of the same coin but two dynamic and co-produced space-making principles. It will be read and used by scholars and teachers across the human sciences."
—Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
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