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Accumulating Insecurity
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction - A New Politics of Containment
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. PART ONE: Rights in Suspension
  2. p. 25
  1. 1 From the Welfare State to the Militarized Market: Losing Choices, Controlling Losers
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. 2 Poverty as an Everyday State of Exception
  2. pp. 49-78
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  1. 3 Beyond Displacement: Gentrification of Racialized Spaces as Violence--Harlem, New York, and New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. pp. 79-103
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  1. 4 Schooled In/Security: Surplus Subjects, Racialized Masculinity, and Citizenship
  2. pp. 104-121
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  1. 5 Dispossessing Law: Arbitrary Detention in Southern Thailand
  2. pp. 122-137
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  1. PART TWO: Fugitive Corporeality
  2. p. 139
  1. 6 Spectacle of Terror, Spectacle of Security
  2. pp. 141-165
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  1. 7 Securing Life: Human Trafficking, Biopolitics, and the Sovereign Pardon
  2. pp. 166-184
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  1. 8 Surveillance and Securitization: The New Politics of Social Reproduction
  2. pp. 185-211
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  1. PART THREE: Displacement of Politics
  2. p. 213
  1. 9 Securing the Market of War: The Middle East Partnership Initiative1
  2. pp. 215-239
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  1. 10 Accumulating Insecurity among Illegal Immigrants
  2. pp. 240-260
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  1. 11 Protest-as-Violence in Oil Fields: The Contested Representation of Profiteering in Two Extractive Sites
  2. pp. 261-284
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  1. 12 National Security versus Public Safety: Femicide, Drug Wars, and the Mexican State
  2. pp. 285-297
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  1. 13 Capitalizing Humanity: The Global Disposition of People and Things
  2. pp. 298-319
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 321-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-339
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