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Resisting MilitarismDirect Action and the Politics of Subversion$
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Chris Rossdale

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443036

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443036.001.0001

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Resisting Security

Resisting Security

(p.108) Chapter 5 Resisting Security
Resisting Militarism

Chris Rossdale

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter builds on the critiques introduced in latter parts of the preceding chapter to argue that, beyond viewing activists as alternative agents of security, we might read them as resisting security. It begins by outlining why the particular political, conceptual and metaphysical promises of security render it an unlikely candidate for rehabilitation, before considering what it would mean to resist security. The second part of the chapter explores how anti-militarists resist security by evading state security practices, placing particular attention on how they contend with possible police and corporate infiltration. The third part draws on two vignettes to consider how anti-militarists resist security by subverting the binary logics of security/insecurity and mobilising a positive politics of anarchy. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the limits of such resistances, insofar as they are always vulnerable to recuperation within spectacular logics of (in)security.

Keywords:   Militarism, Anti-militarism, Security, Security culture, Critical Security Studies, Anarchism, Resistance, Recuperation

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