Risk-Soaked Security imaginary: Governing Effects and Political Implications,

Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre, Risk-Soaked Security imaginary: Governing Effects and Political Implications, New Perspectives. Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and international Relations, 2017, 25(2), pages 28-34

Precautionary governmental process and the rising cultural prevalence of risk have indelibly transformed our understanding of past, present and future through categories of induction and probabilistic reasoning on the danger to come. The complex ways in which we have collectively become embedded in risk assessment technologies and generalised forms of suspicion towards unfamiliar persons, undesirable people, swarthy and menacing outsiders have reinforced social fragmentation, polarisation and exclusion. When besieged with emotional appeals, evocative imagery and threatening news, it is certainly not easy to disrupt this taken-for-granted assumption that violence and warfare are appropriate responses to violence. The question of whether these measures could contribute to increase the risk of escalation of violence and the risk of further exclusion of a population already disenfranchised seems almost forgotten. But, equally, it would be dangerous to reduce our understanding of the politics of security to an imperturbable drift towards pure authoritarian logics of action. (read more)

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