Synopses & Reviews
Genocide in Rwanda, instability in the Middle East, anarchy on the Internet -- insecurities abound. But do they occur "naturally, " or are they, as this pathbreaking volume suggests, cultural and social productions? Bringing together scholars from political science and anthropology, this collection of essays redirects long-standing views on culture as both a source of insecurity and an object of analysis.
The authors present studies whose topics range from traditional security concerns, such as the Cuban missile crisis, the Korean War, and he Middle East, to less conventional issues, including the Internet and national security, multiculturalism and regional economy in New Mexico.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-412) and index.
Table of Contents
The cultural production of crises: U.S. identity and missiles in Cuba / Jutta Weldes -- The politics of the past: redefining insecurity along the"world's most open border" / Pamela Ballinger -- Intervention and identity: reconstructing the West in Korea / Jenifer Milliken -- Postcoloniality and the production of international insecurity: the persistent puzzle of U.S.-Indian relations / Himadeep Muppidi -- Contested sovereignties and postcolonial insecurities in the Middle East / Seeve Niva -- Peacekeeping, indifference and genocide in Rwanda / Michael N. Barnett --States of insecurity: plutonium and post-Cold War anxiety in New Mexico, 1992-96 / Joseph Masco -- Adding an Asian strand: neoliberalism and the politics of culture in New Zealand, 1984-97 / Mark Laffey -- Colonizing cyberspace: "national security" and the Internet / Diana Saco -- Reimagining the state in post-Mao China / Ralph A. Litzinger -- Missing the end of the Cold War in security / Hugh Gusterson -- In/security and the politics of disciplinarity / John Mowitt.