The Company and the Campus

Mark Neocleous

in Critique of Security

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633289
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671984 | DOI:
The Company and the Campus

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The chapter has two aspects. First, it explores what is commonly understood as the rise of private security. But instead of resting on the public-private distinction, the chapter instead argues that we need to understand security through the critique of political economy: that security is a commodity, like any other but also imbued with magical qualities. This is the root of security fetishism. The second aspect of the chapter is a critique of security intellectuals: academics that have operated to reinforce this fetishism, thereby becoming mere servants of the security state and allowing academic disciplines to become subservient to security.

Keywords: Security fetishism; private security; security intellectuals; modernization theory

Chapter.  18356 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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