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Book Talk: Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Mann Library, 160 Mann Library
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Security is often sought through armaments and containment, which can lead to the impoverishment rather than the nourishment of laboring bodies. Under increasingly precarious conditions, governments oversee the movements of people, rather than scrutinize and regulate the movements of capital.

Join Shelley Feldman and Charles Geisler, both professors in the Department of Development Sociology, for a "Chats in the Stacks" talk about their new book "Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life,” (University of Georgia Press, March 2011). The book is a collection of essays and brings together cutting edge scholars around the theme of accumulating insecurity and securing accumulation, focusing on the world’s growing social and economic crisis that leads to the insecurity of civilians and civil society. “Accumulating Insecurity” examines the relationship between these two contemporary phenomena: a fixation on security that justifies global military engagements and the militarization of civilian life, and the dramatic increase in insecurity associated with crises in health care, housing, incarceration, personal debt, and unemployment.

A reception and book signing will follow. The book talk is funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann Library.

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Shelley Feldman; Charles Geisler

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Department of Development Sociology at Cornell

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