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Politics of movement

This book brings together a number of contributions that look into the political regulation of movement and analyses that engage the material enablers of and constraints on such movement. It attempts to bridge theoretical perspectives from critical security studies and political geography in order to provide a more comprehensive perspective on security and mobility. In this vein, the book brings together approaches to mobility that take into account both techniques and practices of regulating movement, as well as their underlying infrastructures. Together the contributions inquire into a politics of movement that lies at the core of the production of security. Drawing on the insight that security is a contingent concept that hinges on the social construction of threat – which in turn must be understood through its political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions – the contributors offer fine-grained perspectives on a presumably mobile and insecure world. The title of the book, Security/Mobility, is a direct reference to this world that at times appears dominated by these two paradigms. As is shown throughout the book, rather than being opposed to each other, a great deal of political effort is undertaken in order to reconcile the need for security and the necessity of mobility. Running through the book is the view that security and mobility are entangled in a constant dynamic – a dynamic that converges in what is conceptualised here as a politics of movement.

Israeli security experience as an international brand
Erella Grassiani

this concept are social constructs. This is not to say there is no insecurity in Israel and no real fear, but I emphasise here that the production of things or people as a threat is man-made (often by the state or military and/or security agents) and does not follow naturally from actual events. I contend that in the Israeli case the preoccupation with security is mostly a product of state efforts to

in Security/ Mobility
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Language games in the Kosovo war
Mika Aaltola

as a model of altruism and morality. The war over Kosovo is now far enough in the past to view Kosovo as a ‘sign’, an emblem for things to come. Much as was the case in ancient Rome, where omens and portents were always odd and bizarre, this Kosovo-sign has for us a curious air of ambiguity. For those observing it from the outside, it is either a model or a monster, a sign either of a maturing and

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
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Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla

focus now being on humanitarian intervention, which is even more contentious. 5 But two things are clear. Intervention meant then – and today 6 – ‘coercive’, ‘dictatorial interference by a State in the [internal or external] affairs of another State for the purpose of maintaining or altering the actual conditions of things’. 7 Moreover, non-intervention was – and is – the rule, intervention the exception. 8 It is often

in Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century
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Security/ Mobility and politics of movement
Marie Beauchamps, Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese, Bruno Magalhães and Sharon Weinblum

networked global terrorism, from emergency management in the onslaught of tsunamis and hurricanes to oil wars in the Middle East’ (Hannam et al. 2006 : 1), a diverse range of concrete and abstract things have become highly global and mobile. While such movement is often considered part and parcel of modernity, it also brings about increased complexity that becomes enmeshed with conceptualisations of threat – ‘it is discourses

in Security/ Mobility
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Security, mobility, liberals, and Christians
Luis Lobo-Guerrero

imaginary of Europe and of the Christian life of educated people. In what follows, this chapter takes Bünting’s Itinerarium to explore three specific issues. First, how the imagination of security and mobility relate to understandings of how things, ideas, and beliefs are connected. Second, how material and discursive manifestations of security relate to the forms of authority they enact

in Security/ Mobility
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Paul Latawski and Martin A. Smith

-away country between people of whom we know nothing’ to quote the now infamous words of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938. 3 The crisis in Kosovo may have been, amongst other things, an indictment of the western public’s knowledge and understanding of South East Europe’s history, politics and geography, but it was far from being a peripheral matter in the evolution of post-Cold War European security. As Roland

in The Kosovo crisis and the evolution of post-Cold War European security
Data becoming risk information
Nathaniel O’Grady

made under modalities of power he calls security. Rather than being posited and prescribed as in disciplinary modes of governance, norms under the security apparatus emanate from within the population governed. A primary force of articulation of normalisation in populations is the serialised circulation of things, people, diseases, and other events over time. Mobility, on the other hand, provides

in Security/ Mobility
Ontological coordination and the assessment of consistency in asylum requests
Bruno Magalhães

says, a disease such as atherosclerosis is enacted in multiple ways. And Mol ( 2002a : 55) insists that if these multiple enactments can be treated as manifestations of a single condition, then this is the result of coordination. Singularity is not given by the order of things. Mol’s argument on coordination can be described as a study on the relation between different ‘diagnostic

in Security/ Mobility
Iver B. Neumann

our repertoire of social possibilities. War is a continuation of politics by other means. Politics is, among other things, an ongoing negotiation about who ‘we’ are. Since a ‘we’ is untenable without a relationship to some group, a ‘they,’ the political question of who ‘we’ are is in fact a matter of separating ‘us’ from ‘them’. To use Carl Schmitt’s formulation, it is a

in Mapping European security after Kosovo