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
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
'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