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.
Subjects: Population Studies, Sociology, Political Science
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