Imaginary Homeland Security: The Internalization of Terror

Edited by Simon Ortiz and Gabriele Schwab

in America and the Misshaping of a New World Order

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520098701
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943797 | DOI:
Imaginary Homeland Security: The Internalization of Terror

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This chapter takes the historical event of September 11, 2001 out of its context and traces aspects of its idiosyncratic, scattered, and emotionally charged experience, which resulted in the militarization of America in the name of homeland security. Rather than offering a political analysis, the chapter presents a sequence of personal responses that try to retain, even emphasize, the messiness, ambiguity, and the contradictory nature of remembered immediacy. It is composed of dialogical encounters of memory pieces that reveal incidents related to World War 2 and the postwar generations and their effects on the psyche of people who encountered those events. A faint synopsis is drawn from past events of the American approach and how it shaped the world, for better or for worse.

Keywords: homeland security; militarization of America; personal responses; dialogical encounters; World War 2

Chapter.  7163 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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