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Security, Ethnography and Discourse
Transdisciplinary Encounters

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ISBN 9780367532017
December 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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Emma Mc Cluskey is a Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK.

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