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Critique of Security$
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Mark Neocleous

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633289

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633289.001.0001

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The Company and the Campus

The Company and the Campus

(p.142) Chapter 5 The Company and the Campus
Critique of Security

Mark Neocleous

Edinburgh University Press

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

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