Dying for Security

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Title Dying for Security
Author Buchan, Bruce Alexander
Journal Name Cultural Studies Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher UTS ePress
Abstract If political statements and media coverage are any guide, it seems Australians today are dying for security. At no other moment in our history has the spectre of war and terrorism so haunted popular, political and scholarly perceptions of Australia’s colonial past and of its geopolitical future. And yet, debates over colonial war or genocide and contemporary terrorism have been conducted in more or less complete isolation. In this article I argue that our contemporary obsession with ‘security’ is premised on the perennial threat of ‘insecurity’. This is the problem of in/security, and it has played a central role in the development of Western political thought. More importantly, its formulation in Western political thought provided a powerful justification for the violence of the early decades of Australia’s colonisation during which Indigenous Australians could also be said to have been dying for security.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/1968
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Cultural Studies Review. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 17
Issue Number 1
Page from 188
Page to 210
ISSN 1837-8692
Date Accessioned 2011-07-19
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Political Theory and Political Philosophy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44604
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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