The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Race/Sexuality Politics, and Social Militarization in Contemporary Egypt and Brazil

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Race/Sexuality Politics, and Social Militarization in Contemporary Egypt and Brazil
Prof. Paul Amar, UC Santa Barbara

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
4pm – 6pm
370 Dwinelle Hall
UC Berkeley
Open to the public; location is wheelchair accessible
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In The Security Archipelago, Paul Amar provides an alternative historical and theoretical framing of the refashioning of free-market states and the rise of humanitarian security regimes in the Global South by examining the pivotal, trendsetting cases of Brazil and Egypt. Addressing gaps in the study of neoliberalism and biopolitics, Amar describes how coercive security operations and cultural rescue campaigns confronting waves of resistance have appropriated progressive, antimarket discourses around morality, sexuality, and labor. The products of these struggles—including powerful new police practices, religious politics, sexuality identifications, and gender normativities—have traveled across an archipelago, a metaphorical island chain of what the global security industry calls “hot spots.” Homing in on Cairo and Rio de Janeiro, Amar reveals the innovative resistances and unexpected alliances that have coalesced in new polities emerging from the Arab Spring and South America’s Pink Tide. These have generated a shared modern governance model that he terms the “human-security state.”
Paul Amar, Associate Professor in the Global International Studies Program, specializes in comparative politics, human geography, international security studies, political sociology, global ethnography, theories of the state, and theories of gender, race, and postcolonial politics. He holds affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin American Iberian Studies. Prof. Amar’s research, publishing and teaching focuses on the areas of state institutions, security regimes, social movements, and democratic transitions in the Middle East and Latin America, and traces the origins and intersections of new patterns of police militarization, security governance, humanitarian intervention, and state restructuring in the megacities of the global south.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Latino Policy Research

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