1st Edition

Security, Ethnography and Discourse Transdisciplinary Encounters

Edited By Emma Mc Cluskey, Constadina Charalambous Copyright 2022
    222 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary book analyses different contexts where security concerns have an impact on institutional or everyday practices and routines in the lives of ordinary people.

    Creating a dialogue between the fields of International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociolinguistics, Education and Anthropology, this book addresses core themes associated with conflict and security – peacebuilding, refugee settlement, nationalism, surveillance and sousveillance – and examines them as they manifest in everyday spaces and practices. Seven empirical studies are presented that bring ethnographic and/or close-up interactional lenses to practices of security in schools, refugee centres, care homes, city streets and roadsides. Drawing on fieldwork and data from Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sweden, Germany and the US, the chapters explore what notions of suspicion, peace, conflict and threat mean and how they are manifested in people’s lived experiences.

    This book will be of much interest to students of Critical Security Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Sociolinguistics and International Relations in general.


    Constadina Charalambous and Emma Mc Cluskey

    1. Researching (in)security as a lived experience: setting the foundations for transdisciplinary dialogue

    Emma Mc Cluskey, Ben Rampton, and Constadina Charalambous

    Part I: Conflict, (in)security, and everyday peace

    2. Everyday Peace Disruption in deeply-divided societies: Is it really peace?

    Roger Mac Ginty

    3. A linguistic ethnography of peace-building through language education in Cyprus

    Constadina Charalambous, Panayiota Charalambous, and Ben Rampton

    4. Silence as practices of (in)security in post-Yugoslav region

    Renata Summa and Milan Puh

    5. Breaking Taboos: The Making of Xenophobia as Acceptable in Sweden

    Emma Mc Cluskey

    Part II: Managing suspicion and surveillance in everyday life

    6. Embodying the US Security State: Surveilling Intimate Spaces to Counter Violent Extremism

    Nicole Nguyen

    7. Goffman and the everyday experience of surveillance

    Ben Rampton and Louise Eley

    8. Auditor Design and Accountability in Encounters between Citizens and the Police

    Rodney H. Jones

    Afterword: Reflexive encounters when speaking across bounded knowledges

    Rebekka Friedman


    Emma Mc Cluskey is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster, UK.

    Constadina Charalambous is Assistant Professor of Language Education & Literacy at the European University Cyprus.

    'Security, Ethnography, Discourse: Transdisciplinary Encounters is a captivating academic adventure that is both methodologically refreshing and empirically pioneering...this book is bound to inspire, dissect and reassemble what may well become a new terrain of scholarly activity.'--Karel Arnaut, Associate Professor and Research Coordinator at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC), Leuven University, Belgium 

    'International Relations scholars and sociolinguists gather to address big issues in small places. Sets a new standard for microsociological security studies.'--Iver Neumann, Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway