Drawing on critical geopolitics and related strands of social theory, this book combines new case studies with theoretical and methodological reflections on the geographical analysis of security and insecurity. It brings together a mixture of early career and more established scholars and interprets security and the war on terror across a number of domains, including: international law, religion, migration, development, diaspora, art, nature and social movements. At a time when powerful projects of globalization and security continue to extend their reach over an increasingly wide circle of people and places, the book demonstrates the relevance of critical geographical imaginations to an interrogation of the present.
Alan Ingram is Lecturer in Geography at University College London. Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published five books and in 2005 was awarded the Philip Leverhulme prize for his achievements in the fields of geopolitics and political geography.
'An extremely rich collection of essays that captures the global and historical complexity of security and insecurity theoretically and practically. Ideal for teaching.' Cynthia Weber, Lancaster University, UK 'This innovative collection brings together the best of critical geopolitics scholarship in a comprehensive engagement with the contexts of contemporary insecurity. In emphasizing themes of affect and performance these excellent essays offer pointed critiques of the practicalities of the war on terror while simultaneously suggesting possibilities for more peaceful futures.' Simon Dalby, Carleton University, Canada '...a fascinating cross-section of contemporary understandings of security that take us well beyond stock-in-trade critiques of the political lassitude and legal effrontery of Western states, particularly the previous US Administration...Although they are aware of the moral, legal, ethical and political questions posed by the subject matter, the main points they raise are primarily geographical ones...The result is a satisfying analytical arc, which begins with an international-relations critique of Tony Blair's vision of "just" war and ends in artwork that projects security plans from Baghdad on to a map of Brussels to bring the "urban geopolitics" of the Iraqi capital closer to home.' Times Higher Education