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- DescriptionA radical social theory of the security-industrial complex, showing how pacification underpins the global ecomic system What is security, and what is its relationship to capitalism? George S. Rigakos' explosive sociological treatise charts the rise of the security-industrial complex. Starting from a critical appraisal of 'productive labour' in the works of Karl Marx and Adam Smith, Rigakos builds a conceptual model of pacification based on practices of dispossession, exploitation and the fetish of security commodities. Rigakos argues that a defining characteristic of the global ecomic system is its ability to productively sell (in)security to those it makes insecure. Materially and ideologically, the security-industrial complex is the blast furnace of global capitalism, fuelling the perpetuation of the system while feeding relentlessly on the surpluses it has exacted.
- Author BiographyGeorge S. Rigakos is Professor of the Political Economy of Policing at Carleton University. He has researched and published on policing and security for over a dozen years. Rigakos is also the Editor of Red Quill Books and is one of the founding members of the Anti-security Studies Group. Most recently he has acted as a policy consultant with Syriza and Transform Europe.
- Author(s)Professor of the Political Economy of Policing George S Rigakos
- PublisherEdinburgh University Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEdinburgh University Press
- Width193 mm
- Height127 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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