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Three-dimensional security: Layers, spheres, volumes, milieus

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Elaine Campbell



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This paper critically engages with, and draws inspiration from the `vertical turn’ in political geographies of security. In so doing, I expose fragilities in its conceptual vocabulary and theoretical orientations, and call into question the security imaginaries on which notions of three-dimensional securitisation are predicated. This provides an important entry point for interdisciplinary dialogue at the intersections of political geography and security studies; while the latter is not especially noted for its contribution to the study of verticalities, re-reading `volumetric security’ through the spatial framings which underpin contemporary security studies does have considerable analytical merit and clears the ground – via Foucault’s notion of the milieu - for (re)thinking three-dimensional security in ontologically, epistemologically and politically inventive ways.

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Author(s): Campbell E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Political Geography

Year: 2019

Volume: 69

Pages: 10-21

Print publication date: 01/03/2019

Online publication date: 06/12/2018

Acceptance date: 30/11/2018

Date deposited: 07/12/2018

ISSN (print): 0962-6298

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.11.010


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