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"An extraordinary book that revolutionizes the way to think about security, undermines conventional wisdom, and offers us a wonderfully lucid study of an obscure subject-matter, including detailed inquiry into state/society relations in Egypt and Brazil. Among many contributions is the brilliant depiction of the evolving interface between state security (its visible and invisible apparatus) and people subject to its control, including a fascinating account of the sexualization of politics as an emergent dimension of both oppression and resistance. A must read!"—Richard Falk, coauthor of The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers —
"Paul Amar is a totally unique scholar. He works in English, Arabic, and Portuguese and he studies security regimes in a comparative framework that encompasses the Middle East, North and South America, and Europe. For this reason, it is not surprising that The Security Archipelago is a one of a kind book. Combining the research that he has done in Brazil and Egypt on the emergence of new forms of security and new grammars of protest politics with the unfolding stories of an economic boom in Brazil and political change in Egypt, Amar has written an up to the moment account of the 'human-security state' and its opponents. Anyone who seeks to understand emergent orders of security alongside the political movements challenging them around the world must read this book."—Jack Halberstam, author of The Queer Art of Failure —
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Paul Amar is Associate Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A political scientist and anthropologist, he has worked as a journalist in Egypt, a police reformer in Brazil, and a United Nations conflict resolution and economic development specialist.