Accumulating Insecurity
Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life

Edited by Shelley Feldman, Charles Geisler, and Gayatri A. Menon

Rethinking everyday security in a militarized age


“An excellent and timely collection of essays written by some of the most innovative scholars in critical legal and security studies. It will be of interest to senior undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in sociology, political science, geography, and law.”
—Janine Brodie, coeditor of Remapping Gender in the New Global Order

“Does a superb job at investigating the diverse practices and contexts whereby the conditions of social reproduction have been rendered insecure. It will be of interest to scholars working in critical security studies, legal studies, terrorism studies, international political economy, critical geography, and sociology.”
—Peter Nyers, author of Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency


Accumulating Insecurity examines the relationship between two vitally important contemporary phenomena: a fixation on security that justifies global military engagements and the militarization of civilian life, and the dramatic increase in day-to-day insecurity associated with contemporary crises in health care, housing, incarceration, personal debt, and unemployment.

Contributors to the volume explore how violence is used to maintain conditions for accumulating capital. Across world regions violence is manifested in the increasingly strained, often terrifying, circumstances in which people struggle to socially reproduce themselves. 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 highly volatile movements of capital. They often do so through practices that condone dispossession in the name of economic and political security.

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Page count: 318 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Shelley Feldman (left) is a professor of sociology and director of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell University. She is author or editor of three previous books including Unequal Burden: Economic Crises, Persistent Poverty, and Women’s Work. Charles Geisler (center) is a professor of sociology at Cornell University. He is the author or editor of eight previous books including Property and Values: Alternatives to Public and Private Ownership. Gayatri A. Menon (right) is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Franklin and Marshall College.