Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision

1st Edition

Tessa Diphoorn, Erella Grassiani

January 10, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815356769 - CAT# K346479
Series: Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Security Blurs makes an important contribution to anthropological work on security. It focuses on the notion of ‘blurring’ as a process whereby actors engaged in the provision of security interact and thereby reconfigure security ideas, logics, and practices. The chapters address the entanglements and overlaps between a variety of state and non-state providers, from the police and the military to gangs, community organizations, and private security companies. The contributors offer rich ethnographic studies of everyday security practices across a range of cultural contexts and consider the impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. The ‘blurring’ of the lines between security providers and their activities is shown to be deeply political, with the state/non-state boundary negotiated, crossed and defended according to the underlying interests of those involved.

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