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Resilience, Emergencies and the Internet

Security In-Formation, 1st Edition

By Mareile Kaufmann


220 pages

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This book traces how resilience is conceptually grounded in an understanding of the world as interconnected, complex and emergent.

In an interconnected world, we are exposed to radical uncertainties, which require new modes of handling them. Security no longer means the promise of protection, but it is redefined as resilience - as security in-formation. Information and the Internet not only play a key role for our understanding of security in highly connected societies, but also for resilience as a new program of tackling emergencies. Social media, cyber-exercises, the collection of digital data and new developments in Internet policy shape resilience as a new form of security governance. Through case studies in these four areas this book documents and critically discusses the relationship between resilience, the Internet and security governance. It takes the reader on a journey from the rise of complexity narratives in the context of security policy to a discussion of the Internet’s influence on resilience practices, and ends with a theory of resilience and the relational. The book shows how the Internet nourishes narratives of connectivity, complexity and emergency in political discourses, and how it brings about new resilience practices.

This book will be of much interest to students of resilience studies, Critical Security Studies, Internet-politics, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents


Part I: Interconnectedness, emergencies and resilience

1. The emergency paradigm

2. Resilience is the answer!?

3. Thinking for and from relationality

4. From program to programming

Part II: Resilience as a way of governing the Internet

5. Resilience and spatiality

6. Resilience and affect

Part III: Resilience as a way of governing through the Internet

7. Resilience and the digital

8. Resilience and the network

Part IV: Conclusions

9. A theory of resilience and the relational

About the Author

Mareile Kaufmann is senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a post-doc in the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Oslo University, and holds a PhD from Hamburg University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Resilience

Resilience is a central concept informing policy frameworks dealing with developmental, social, economic, security and environmental problems in ways that clearly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. This book series is interested in publishing a broad range of high-quality contemporary research into the processes, spaces, policies, practices and subjectivities through which resilience is seen to operate. As such, the series wll be of interest to both a policy and an academic audience from disciplines such as international sociology, geography, political theory, development studies, security studies, anthropology and law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)