Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329840 Published April 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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A World of Insecurity: Anthropological Perspectives on Human Security

Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Oscar Salemink, and Ellen Bal

A World of Insecurity: Anthropological Perspectives on Human Security

Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Oscar Salemink, and Ellen Bal

Distributed for Pluto Press

312 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329840 Published April 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745329857 Published April 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Human security is a key element in the measure of well-being, and a hot topic in anthropology and development studies. A World of Insecurity outlines a new approach to the subject.

The contributors expose a contradiction at the heart of conventional accounts of what constitutes human security, namely that without taking non-material considerations such as religion, ethnicity and gender into account, discussions of human security, academically and in practical terms, are incomplete, inconclusive and deeply flawed. A variety of compelling case studies indicate that, in fact, material security alone cannot adequately explain or fully account for human activity in a range of different settings, and exposed to a variety of different threats.

This forceful book will expand and deepen the entire concept of human security, in the process endowing it with political relevance. It is an essential read for students of development studies and anthropology.
Contents

1. Human Security and Social Anthropology
Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Part I The Political Economy of Human
Security
2. Taking Risks for Security’s Sake: Bolivians Resisting
their State and its Economic Policies
Ton Salman
3. State Formation, Imposition of a Land Market and
Silent Resistance among the Berbers of the
Middle Atlas
Bernard Venema (with Ali Mguild)
4. Flexible Migrants: Brazilian Gold Miners and their
Quest for Human Security in Surinam
Marjo de Theije and Ellen Bal
Part II Security, Identity and Belonging
5. ‘Bharat-Wasie or Surinamie?’ Hindustani Notions
of Belonging in Surinam and the Netherlands
Ellen Bal and Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff
6. Cultural Identity as a Key Dimension of Human
Security in Western Europe: The Dutch Case
Edien Bartels, Kim Knibbe, Martijn de Koning
and Oscar Salemink
7. ‘I’d die without the Cybersouk’: Local Experiences
in a Dutch Digital Community Centre
Lenie Brouwer
8. Religion, Identity and Security Among Pomeranian
Lutheran Migrants in Espírito Santo, Brazil
(1880–2005): A Schema Repertoire Approach
André Droogers
Part III: States of (In)security
9. Changing Notions of Belonging: Migrants and Natives
in an Amsterdam Multicultural Neighbourhood
Marion den Uyl
10. Tales from a Captive Audience: Dissident Narratives
and the Official History of the Seychelles
Sandra Evers
11. Harnessing Ceremonial for Political Security:
An Indian Princely State on the Verge of Extinction
Dick Kooiman
12. Ritual Efficacy, Spiritual Security and Human Security:
Spirit Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnam
Oscar Salemink
Notes on Contributors
Index

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