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The Virtualization of Security: Philosophies of Capture and Resistance in Baudrillard, Agamben and Deleuze
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.
2016 (English)In: Security Dialogue, ISSN 0967-0106, E-ISSN 1460-3640, Vol. 47, no 3, 255-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The virtual has during the last couple of decades emerged as a forceful conceptual tool in security studies. While used primarily in order to question assumptions about an objective truth concerning the meaning and value of security and different forms of insecurity, the implications of drawing on this concept vary considerably depending on how the virtual is conceptualized, and specifically how the potentiality of the virtual is linked to the process of actualization. Turning to the philosophies of Baudrillard, Agamben and Deleuze, as well as key thinkers in contemporary security studies, this article delineates three different approaches to analysing the virtualization of security. Focusing in particular on how these approaches point to contending views of ‘capture’ and ‘resistance’, it is argued that the choice of approach has serious implications for grasping what is at stake politically in the process of virtualization. These implications relate, more precisely, to how the virtual opens up and/or closes down the spaces of resistance that the modern subject of security traditionally has relied upon. In this way, the virtualization of security is not only important for thinking about capture and resistance, but challenges the very ground on which the modern subject of security rests.

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2016. Vol. 47, no 3, 255-270 p.
Keyword [en]
Agamben, Baudrillard, Deleuze, potentiality, security, virtual
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6480DOI: 10.1177/0967010615625474OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6480DiVA: diva2:1063979
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Time and discourses of global politics
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2017-01-18Bibliographically approved

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