Accumulating Insecurity

Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life

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Pages: 318

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 03/15/2011

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3873-6

List Price: $30.95


Pub Date: 03/15/2011

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3872-9

List Price: $74.95

Accumulating Insecurity

Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life

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Accumulating Insecurity examines the relationship between two vitally important contemporary phenomena: a fixation on security that justifies global military engagements and the militarization of civilian life, and the dramatic increase in day-to-day insecurity associated with contemporary crises in health care, housing, incarceration, personal debt, and unemployment.

Contributors to the volume explore how violence is used to maintain conditions for accumulating capital. Across world regions violence is manifested in the increasingly strained, often terrifying, circumstances in which people struggle to socially reproduce themselves. Security is often sought through armaments and containment, which can lead to the impoverishment rather than the nourishment of laboring bodies. Under increasingly precarious conditions, governments oversee the movements of people, rather than scrutinize and regulate the highly volatile movements of capital. They often do so through practices that condone dispossession in the name of economic and political security.

An excellent and timely collection of essays written by some of the most innovative scholars in critical legal and security studies. It will be of interest to senior undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in sociology, political science, geography, and law.

—Janine Brodie, coeditor of Remapping Gender in the New Global Order

Does a superb job at investigating the diverse practices and contexts whereby the conditions of social reproduction have been rendered insecure. It will be of interest to scholars working in critical security studies, legal studies, terrorism studies, international political economy, critical geography, and sociology.

—Peter Nyers, author of Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency

Amy Siciliano

Anna Zalik

Deborah Cowen

Julie A. Nice

Martha T. McCluskey

Melissa W. Wright

Nicholas De Genova

Paula C. Johnson

Pheng Cheah

Tyrell Haberkorn

Zakia Salime

Claudia Aradau

About the Author/Editor

Shelley Feldman (Editor)
SHELLEY FELDMAN is a retired professor of sociology at Cornell University. She is author or editor of three previous books including Unequal Burden: Economic Crises, Persistent Poverty, and Women's Work.

Charles Geisler (Editor)
CHARLES GEISLER is a professor of sociology at Cornell University. He is the author or editor of eight previous books including Property and Values: Alternatives to Public and Private Ownership.

Gayatri A. Menon (Editor)
GAYATRI A. MENON is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Franklin and Marshall College.