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Optics of regulation and control

Ieva Jusionyte and Daniel M. Goldstein

As a contribution to the development of the critical anthropology of security, this theme section explores the uncertain yet complementary relationships between security and visibility, or rather—to highlight the ambiguity of the connection

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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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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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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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Performing humanitarian militarism

Public security and the military in Brazil

Stephanie Savell

(UN) 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

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Egalitarian Lives and Violence

Community Policing in Mozambique

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

This article addresses the ways in which urban Mozambican spaces have witnessed a profound transformation and fragmentation of police-based security mechanisms, which are often concealed under such generic terms as ‘multi-choice policing’ ( Baker

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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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Russian Girls Construct Freedom and Safety in Pandemic Times

Olga Zdravomyslova and Elena Onegina

the beginning of this period, known to gender researchers as the Russian conservative turn ( Zdravomyslova and Iarskaia-Smirnova 2015 ; Zdravomyslova 2016 ), the zeitgeist has been defined by anti-Western rhetoric and a clash of values—security and

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Racialized Governance

The Production and Destruction of Secure Spaces in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Alexandre Magalhães

.g., Alves 2018 ; Perry 2013 ), and its entanglement with security concerns is evident from the presence of the Municipal Guard's riot police to subdue any resistance to the demolition. The residents of Vila Autódromo are rendered as a security risk and an

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Policy coherence for development and migration

Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation

Harlan Koff

The European Union’s 2015–2016 “migration/asylum crisis” gave renewed prominence to discussions over the relationship between migration, security and development in global affairs. The EU’s policy responses to these flows have confirmed that