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Boredom, excitement and other security affects

Anderson, B.

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Expanding from Barnett’s critique of the emphasis in critical security work on ‘subjectivity through subjectification’, this response explores some of the ways in which geographers and others might attend to the diversity of security affects. Fear and anxiety do not exhaust the affective expressions of security, and affect is not simply another medium for the successful implementation of programmes of rule. Rather, affects are imbricated in the ordinary work of securing and publics are formed in and through encounters with the devices, techniques, objects and people that make up ‘security’. Securing and encounters with security are themselves enveloped, pressured and otherwise conditioned by collective affects.


Anderson, B. (2015). Boredom, excitement and other security affects. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(3), 271-274.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2015
Journal Dialogues in Human Geography
Print ISSN 2043-8206
Electronic ISSN 2043-8214
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 271-274
Keywords Affect, Security, Securing.


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Copyright Statement
Anderson, B. (2015) 'Boredom, excitement and other security affects.', Dialogues in human geography., 5 (3). pp. 271-274. Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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