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Security Unbound : Enacting Democratic Limits - Jef Huysmans

Security Unbound

Enacting Democratic Limits

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Published: 9th May 2014
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Security concerns have mushroomed. Increasingly numerous areas of life are governed by security policies and technologies. Security Unbound argues that when insecurities pervade how we relate to our neighbours, how we perceive international politics, how governments formulate policies, at stake is not our security but our democracy. Security is not in the first instance a right or value but a practice that challenges democratic institutions and actions.

We are familiar with emergency policies in the name of national security challenging parliamentary processes, the space for political dissent, and fundamental rights. Yet, security practice and technology pervade society heavily in very mundane ways without raising national security crises, in particular through surveillance technology and the management of risks and uncertainties in many areas of life. These more diffuse security practices create societies in which suspicion becomes a default way of relating and governing relations, ranging from neighbourhood relations over financial transactions to cross border mobility. Security Unbound demonstrates that governing through suspicion poses serious challenges to democratic practice. Some of these challenges are familiar, such as the erosion of the right to privacy; others are less so, such as the post-human challenge to citizenship.

Security unbound provokes us to see that the democratic political stake today is not our security but preventing insecurity from becoming the organising principle of political and social life.

1. Democracy and Security in International Relations 2. Insecurity as Exception: Law and Sovereignty 3. Insecurity as Exception: Popular Will and Sovereignty 4. Insecurity as Unease: Technology as Politics 5. Insecurity as Fear: Emotions as International Currency and Organizing Principle 6. Insecurity as Terror: Managing Contingency 7. Insecurity as Violence 8. Democratic Insecurity 9. Appendix: Summary Table of Analytical Concepts of Insecurity, Concepts of Democracy, Concepts of International Society

ISBN: 9780415440202
ISBN-10: 0415440203
Series: Critical Issues in Global Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 27th May 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1