been part of Westernculture since the
ancient accounts of the marginally believable (paradoxography).
Explorers like Marco Polo and Columbus, like today’s legions of
tourists, have helped to incorporate the wonders of our world into the
dichotomy of the local and the foreign, and, later, into the
domestic– international nexus. The realm of the
‘outside’ has been inhabited by fascinating and often
Israeli security experience as an international brand
the discourse on the war on terror by
the Bush administration). Thus, ‘[a] “culture of
fear” has taken root in Westerncultures, promoted by state
institutions and exacerbated by those working within the media and
security industries’ (Mythen and Walklate 2006 : 126). (In)security, in the words of Mark Neocleous ( 2007 ), becomes a fetish, a commodity which we
cannot get enough of.
Here I explore the