In the introduction to this theme section we attempt to disentangle the
webs of in/visibility and in/security by tracing out their diverse iterations. We
construct a series of conversations between two of the four key terms relevant
to this discussion—security and insecurity, visibility and invisibility—as a means
of analyzing the different ways in which their various articulations engage meaningfully
in the production and reproduction of contemporary security cultures.
Ethnographic examples accompany each iteration, drawn from the work of contributors
to this theme section, as well as from other contemporary research. These
examples not only illustrate the multiple and shift ing intersections of in/visibility
and in/security in today’s security-minded world but also remind us of the unique
contributions that anthropology can make to the critical study of security.
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