Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics

Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics

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Rita Abrahamsen
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 11/18/2010
EAN 9780521154253, ISBN10: 0521154251

Paperback, 280 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

Across the globe, from mega-cities to isolated resource enclaves, the provision and governance of security takes place within assemblages that are de-territorialized in terms of actors, technologies, norms and discourses. They are embedded in a complex transnational architecture, defying conventional distinctions between public and private, global and local. Drawing on theories of globalization and late modernity, along with insights from criminology, political science and sociology, Security Beyond the State maps the emergence of the global private security sector and develops a novel analytical framework for understanding these global security assemblages. Through in-depth examinations of four African countries – Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa – it demonstrates how global security assemblages affect the distribution of social power, the dynamics of state stability, and the operations of the international political economy, with significant implications for who gets secured and how in a global era.

1. The untold story
the globalization of private security
2. Late modernity and the rise of private security
3. Power and governance
global assemblages and the security field
4. Of oil and diamonds
global security assemblages in resource extraction
5. Safer cities or cities of walls? The politics of urban global security assemblages
6. Security, politics, and global assemblages.