The Causes of Insecurity

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Written by Simon
Friday, 13 November 2009 10:15

The question of security is one that needs to be studied from the bottom up. We must resist labeling as appropriate for security policy interventions the sorts of insecurities that might be better addressed through economic and social policies designed to support individual livelihoods and capacities and the cohesion of communities. This involves engaging with such issues as the nature and direction of capital and labour flows between places, the livelihood strategies that people may adopt to cope with existing inequalities, the impact on life chances of processes of migration and forced displacement, as well as considering how different social and political movements interact with questions around security and development

Our work here thus considers how current manifestations of globalisation may reinforce or exacerbate already existing forms of insecurity, be those related to peoples health, income, gender, class, race and so on. Malnutrition exacerbates the risks of peoples’ exposure to pathogens, for example. But how do these inequalities intersect? Migration too has become an important focus of security intervention in recent years, for example, with the emphasis placed on the security risks posed by migrants leading to a militarization of migration control and border security. Yet migration is primarily a cause of insecurity for migrants themselves, who are often disadvantaged in many respects, even when migrating voluntarily to find work. While governments currently understand the environmental, credit and sustainability crises as questions for national security, we want to consider them also as central to understanding the causes of insecurity

 

 

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