Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life


Global Insecurities

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Book Pages: 320 Illustrations: 36 illustrations Published: February 2020

Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies > Surveillance Studies, Geography

Security is a defining characteristic of our age and the driving force behind the management of collective political, economic, and social life. Directed at safeguarding society against future peril, security is often thought of as the hard infrastructures and invisible technologies assumed to deliver it: walls, turnstiles, CCTV cameras, digital encryption, and the like. The contributors to Futureproof redirect this focus, showing how security is a sensory domain shaped by affect and image as much rules and rationalities. They examine security as it is lived and felt in domains as varied as real-estate listings, active-shooter drills, border crossings, landslide maps, gang graffiti, and museum exhibits to theorize how security regimes are expressed through aesthetic forms. Taking a global perspective with studies ranging from Jamaica to Jakarta and Colombia to the US-Mexico border, Futureproof expands our understanding of the security practices, infrastructures, and technologies that pervade everyday life.

Contributors. Victoria Bernal, Jon Carter, Alexandra Demshock, Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores, Didier Fassin, D. Asher Ghertner, Daniel M. Goldstein, Rachel Hall, Rivke Jaffe, Ieva Jusionyte, Catherine Lutz, Alejandra Leal Martínez, Hudson McFann, Limor Samimian-Darash, AbdouMaliq Simone, Austin Zeiderman



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D. Asher Ghertner is Associate Professor of Geography at Rutgers University.

Hudson McFann is a Ph.D. candidate in geography at Rutgers University.

Daniel M. Goldstein is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Rutgers University.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0690-9 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0609-1