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The Politics of Possibility


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Dissects the post 9/11 symbiosis between the state and private security firms, and its basis: the conviction that uncertainties-devastation by terrorist attack, financial market collapse-must be discerned and preempted, however unlikely they may be.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction. On the Politics of Possibility 1
Part I. Techniques
1. On Authority: Probabilities for a World of Possibility 29
2. On Risk: Securing Uncertain Futures 55
Part II. Spaces
3. On the Line: Life Signatures and the Writing of the Border 79
4. On Location: Reconciling Security and Mobility 105
Part III. Effects
5. On Aesthetics: Security's Objects and the Form of Data 129
6. On a Potential Politics: Toward an Ethics of the Unanticipated 155
Notes 177
Bibliography 203
Index 217

About the Author

Louise Amoore is Professor of Political Geography at Durham University in Durham, England. She is the author of Globalization Contested: An International Political Economy of Work, editor of The Global Resistance Reader, and a coeditor of Risk and the War on Terror.


"Just as Foucault laid bare the machinery of modern authority with prescience and originality, Louise Amoore lays bare the machinery of power operating in the contemporary neoliberal West. It is based on authorization, on systems of data mining and algorithmic expertise that allow corporations, consultancies, and states, often acting in conjunction, to frame and enact the future for specific profit and security interests. This book subtly and elegantly repudiates any inclination to think that sovereign power has waned." - Ash Amin, coauthor of Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left

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