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Re-thinking Security: Perspectives from Arab-American and British Arab Activists
Antipode
  • Lynn A. Staeheli, University of Edinburgh
  • Caroline R. Nagel, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Publication Date
11-1-2008
Document Type
Article
Subject Area(s)
Geography
Disciplines
Abstract
In this article, we analyse the experience of securitization from the perspective of Arab-American and British Arab activists. Based on interviews with over 100 activists in both countries, we explore the ways in which Arab immigrant communities have experienced the enhanced security measures taken by governments. Our respondents describe the ways in which these measures have increased feelings of fear and insecurity within their communities. They emphasized how immigration, border and surveillance technologies lent a pervasive sense of insecurity to daily life. At the same time, they argued for the importance of the legal rights of citizenship in anchoring a sense of security in and belonging to British and American society.
Citation Information
Lynn A. Staeheli and Caroline R. Nagel. "Re-thinking Security: Perspectives from Arab-American and British Arab Activists" Antipode Vol. 40 Iss. 5 (2008) p. 780 - 801
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/caroline_nagel/6/