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Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation)


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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.

About the Author

Shelley Feldman is a professor of sociology and director of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program 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 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 is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Franklin and Marshall College.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Politics of Containment

Shelley Feldman, Gayatri Menon, and Charles Geisler

Part One. Rights In Suspension

Martha McCluskey

From The Welfare State to the Militarized Market: Losing Choices, Controlling Losers

Julie Nice

Poverty as an Everyday State of Exception

Paula Johnson

Beyond Displacement: Gentrification of Racialized Spaces as Violence--Harlem, New York, and New Orleans, Louisiana

Deborah Cowen and Amy Siciliano

Schooled in/Security: Surplus Subjects, Racialized Masculinity, and Citizenship

Tyrell Haberkorn

Dispossessing Law: Arbitrary Detention in Southern Thailand

Part Two. Fugitive Corporeality

Nicholas De Genova

Spectacle of Terror, Spectacle of Security

Claudia Aradau

Securing life: Human Trafficking, Biopolitics and the Sovereign Pardon

Shelley Feldman

Surveillance and Securitization: The New Politics of Social Reproduction

Part Three. Displacement of Politics

Zakia Salime

Securing the Market, Pacifying Civil Society, Empowering Women The Middle East Partnership Initiative

Charles Geisler

Accumulating Insecurity: The Dispossession of Immigrants

Anna Zalik

Protest-as-Violence in Oilfields: The Contested Representation of Profiteering in Two Extractive Sites

Melissa Wright

National Security versus Public Safety: Femicide, Drug Wars and the Mexican State

Pheng Cheah

Capitalizing Humanity: The Global Disposition of People and Things



Product Details

Feldman, Shelley
University of Georgia Press
Geisler, Charles
Menon, Gayatri A.
Human Geography
Sociology - General
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Trade Cloth
Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
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9.00 x 6.00 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society

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