Security has reached an analytic blockage. The more security seems post-political, post-social, or even post-modern the more it escapes analytic scrutiny. The more security attaches itself to innumerable social relationships the more it becomes the very glue that binds social reality. Social problems become security problems while projects of pacification continue to be legitimized under the rubric of security. To be against security today is to stand against the entire global economic system. If security has become the dominant, perhaps impenetrable concept of our times, then we must start entertaining the impossible. We must begin asking: what would doing anti-security look like? Also contains “Anti-Security: A Declaration” (by Neocleous & Rigakos)

Book Details

Edited by: Mark Neocleous & George S. Rigakos
ISBN: 9781926958149
Year: 2011
Pages: 270
Price: $32.50 USD

Table of Contents


Anti-Security: A Declaration

[1] Security as Pacification
Mark Neocleous

[2] ‘To Extend the Scope of Productive Labour’: Pacification as a Police Project
George S. Rigakos

[3] Public Policing, Private Security, Pacifying Populations
Michael Kempa

[4] War on the Poor: Urban Poverty, Target Policing and Social Control
Gaetan Heroux

[5] ‘Poor Rogues’ and Social Police: Subsistence Wages, Payday Lending and the Politics of Security
Olena Kobzar

[6] Liberal Intellectuals and the Politics of Security
Will Jackson

[7] Security: Resistance
Heidi Rimke

[8] Security and the Void: Aleatory Materialism contra Governmentality
Ronjon Paul Datta

[9] ‘All the People Necessary Will Die to Achieve Security’
Guillermina Seri


“Being a collective effort that lays out paths towards intellectual resistance against mainstream discourse on security and along more explicitly radical lines, the volume is an objectively significant development.”

Georgios Papanicolaou, Teesside University

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