Productive Imaginaries of Crime and (In)security

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Stefano Bloch, Dugan Meyer
Chairs: Stefano Bloch


“Security is an illusion that has forgotten it is an illusion.”
-Mark Neocleous and George Rigakos, Anti-Security: A Declaration (2011)

Logics of security have long been central to the (re)production of social order. It may even be said that the concept of security is the very cornerstone of liberal modernity (Neocleous 2008). But as a growing body of critical scholarship has brought increasingly into focus, security is neither cohesive nor neutral. Moreover, it cannot be understood but through its own shadow: insecurity. In this sense the project of securing civil society-- which is the fundamental ambition of policing-- must be understood as productive, and not simply productive of order, but of the persistent specter of its opposite as well. For this reason our attention is drawn to the imaginaries of insecurity-- of which crime is one particularly potent form-- and to the productive roles that those imaginaries play in projects of order.

This paper session seeks to bring together scholars interested in exploring such productive imaginaries. How are shifting conceptualizations of crime, disorder, and other perceived threats to social order used to mobilize discourses, bodies, institutions, policies, and politics within broader projects of order? How might we analyze, visualize, and politicize the dialectics of fear and desire that animate state power and processes of racialization?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Stefano Bloch University of Arizona - Geography & Development 10 4:40 PM
Discussant Nicole Nguyen University of Illinois - Chicago 15 4:50 PM
Discussant Dugan Meyer University of Kentucky 15 5:05 PM
Presenter Anthony Fontes*, American University, Mortal Doubt: Gangs and Order in Guatemala City 15 5:20 PM
Presenter Tyler Wall*, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, "For a Cop, the Moon is Always Full": Theriophobia and the Thin Blue Line: 15 5:35 PM
Presenter Samuel Henkin*, University of Kansas, Re-thinking state interventionary power: a politics of non-lethality in (in)security 15 5:50 PM

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