1st Edition

Security Blurs The Politics of Plural Security Provision

Edited By Tessa Diphoorn, Erella Grassiani Copyright 2019
    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    162 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Security Blurs makes an important contribution to anthropological work on security. It introduces the notion of “security blurs” to analyse manifestations of security that are visible and identifi able, yet constructed and made up of a myriad and overlapping set of actors, roles, motivations, values, practices, ideas, materialities and power dynamics in their inception and performance. The chapters address the entanglements and overlaps between a variety of state and non-state security providers, from the police and the military to vigilantes, community organisations and private security companies. The contributors offer rich ethnographic studies of everyday security practices across a range of cultural contexts and reveal the impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. This book presents a new anthropological approach to security by explicitly addressing the overlap and entanglement of the practices and discourses of state and non-state security providers, and the associated forms of cooperation and confl ict that permit an analysis of these actors’ activities as increasingly “blurred”.

    Foreword Erika Robb Larkins 

    Introducing Security Blurs Erelle Grassiani and Tessa Diphoorn 

     1. "The Supermarket Became an Army Base!": Security and the Military/Civilian Blur in an Israeli Settlement Jeremy Siegman 

    2. Security blurs in Haiti: Urban armed groups as providers of (in)security Moritz Schuberth 

    3. Security Blurs and Citizenship: Consequences in Indonesia Laurens Bakker 

    4. ‘Loose Girls bring Bad Boys into Safe Neighborhoods’: Analyzing Urban Security Anxieties and the Everyday Logics of Blurred Moral Policing in Urban India Atreyee Sen 

    5. Disputed sovereignty: entanglements of state and civilian policing in Maputo, Mozambique Helene Maria Kyed 

    6. The Blurred (In)security of Community Policing in Bolivia Line Jakobsen and Lars Buur 

    7. Border control and blurred responsibilities at the airport Perle Møhl

    Afterword Rivke Jaffe


    Tessa Diphoorn is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

    Erella Grassiani is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.