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Author McCluskey, Emma, 1981- author.

Title From righteousness to far right : an anthropological rethinking of critical security studies / Emma McCluskey
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 223 pages)
Series McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; 48
McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; 48.
Contents Introduction : thinking righteousness and far right relationally -- Construction of the self : Sweden as morally exceptional -- Seeing like a good citizen : an anthropology of the governmentality of righteousness -- Limits of the governmentality of righteousness : counter-conduct and moral panic -- Anthropological rethinking of critical security studies : reflexivity, Metis, and solidarity -- Conclusion : the devil in the anthropological detail
Summary "The "refugee crisis" of 2015 and 2016 in Europe called into question some of our modes of analysis and their implicit assumptions. Even the relative openness of Sweden and Germany and their "humanitarian superpower" statuses eventually turned to hostility towards refugees with justifications for closing borders by political elites articulated clearly along security lines, as well as along more ambiguous lines of 'burden sharing' and already having done enough. In both countries, far right parties made significant inroads into public life, and xenophobia and hostility towards refugees, which was once taboo, has become much more commonplace, not only in these countries but arguably all over the Western world. This book argues that existing approaches to so-called Critical Security Studies, the body of International Relations literature which has gone the furthest to examine the precise mechanisms through which migrants come to be constructed as a threat, goes little way in theorizing the textured, contradictory and often resistant practices of everyday life present within societies. Instead, the field is inclined to focus on what is immediately visible; elite discourse, public policy or the role of security professionals and technologies in normalising unease. Through an in-depth ethnography of refugee resettlement in Sweden, this book puts forward an anthropological re-gearing of securitization of migration looking at how security is enacted in mundane practices and spaces. In doing so, it demonstrates the great value of working at the intersection between anthropology and critical security studies for understanding the securitization of migration."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Internal security -- Political aspects -- Sweden
Refugees -- Sweden
Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Ethnic relations.
Moral conditions.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Sweden -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy
Sweden -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Sweden -- Ethnic relations
Sweden -- Moral conditions
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773558136