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Ethnographies of Private Security

Erella Grassiani and Tessa Diphoorn

Whether in the supermarket, university, airport, or shopping mall, we constantly encounter private security agents in our daily lives. This growing presence of private security across the globe has received ample scholarly attention over the past

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Damaging Environments

Land, Settler Colonialism, and Security for Indigenous Peoples

Wilfrid Greaves

to environmental harm is a central theme of Indigenous political discourses and action. Some Indigenous political actors, as well as scholars and journalists, have explicitly adopted the language of “security” to characterize the existential nature of

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Shadow Soldiering

Shifting Constellations and Permeable Boundaries in “Private” Security Contracting

Maya Mynster Christensen

2010. Representatives from the private security company that had hired him insisted he died of a disease—a claim backed up by Sierra Leone contractors at the US Army base in Baghdad, who stated he died from “cold” as a result of being posted at the

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Guarding the Body

Private Security Work in Rio de Janeiro

Erika Robb Larkins

Star Shine Security 1 has a well-heeled address in an upscale neighborhood that boasts one of the most expensive prices per square foot in all Brazil. I looked up to greet the security camera as I buzzed the gate to get into the building—a routine

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Exceptionalism and Necropolitical Security Dynamics in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Tomas Salem

cloaked in a narrative about security, urban development, expanding citizenship, and social inclusion. For countless favela residents, however, these interventions reasserted old patterns of authoritarian state governance toward their communities. Favelas

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Performing humanitarian militarism

Public security and the military in Brazil

Stephanie Savell

) blue helmets, suggesting their presence was akin to Brazil’s UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. In this case, humanitarian militarism is a public security operation performed to display both state force and, alternately, state solidarity, with favela

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Intimidation, reassurance, and invisibility

Israeli security agents in the Old City of Jerusalem

Erella Grassiani and Lior Volinz

the city. In order to secure these urban settlements and to keep “the peace” (i.e., to keep the local Palestinian population quiet) in this hotly debated space, public and private actors have established a range of security measures: they have

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The Permeable Olympic Fortress

Mega-Event Security as Camouflage in Rio de Janeiro

Dennis Pauschinger

sport mega-event by adopting globally standardized security measures to transform the city in a fortress. The Special Forces were scheduled for possible missions in the many favelas or mega-event-related operations. We engaged in a conversation about the

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Gabriela Kütting

This article reviews the contributions of the two main discourses that study the environment and development in global politics: the human/environmental security discourse and the critical globalization discourse. Both sub-disciplines deal with what is substantively the same subject matter from different perspectives. However, there is hardly any cross-reference between these two dialogues. This article explores the contributions of these two bodies of literature and evaluates their common ground. It argues that with the exception of the traditional environmental security school of thought there is substantial overlap in terms of research concerns. However, it also finds that the language of the critical human/ecological security school of thought hinders rather than helps its research concern.

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Ronnie Olesker

This article examines the securitization of delegitimization as a national security threat in Israel. The article contains three elements. First, theoretically, it analyzes legitimacy as a national security asset and delegitimization as a risk to ontological security. Second, it traces the Israeli response to delegitimization, providing an empirically rich account of this approach. Finally, it seeks to provide an assessment, albeit preliminary, of the effectiveness of the Israeli response. It concludes by discussing policy implications, emphasizing the benefits and counterproductive outcomes of an otherwise successful securitization process. Although Israel has had success curbing delegitimization with regard to political elites at the state level, it continues to lose ground with both the grassroots and Western liberal audiences.