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US Seminar: From security to resilience thinking in urban security politics

Tid: 2017-08-29 13:15 -- 2017-08-29 15:00
Plats: C826, Niagara
Målgrupp: All interested

Welcome to seminar with professor Randi Gressgård 

From security to resilience thinking in urban security politics

The paper interrogates representation of policy problems and interventions that are undertaken to solve policy problems in the context of urban security, focusing especially on problematisations of immigrant-dense urban areas in Sweden, officially designated as ‘vulnerable areas’. It argues that the problematisation of vulnerable areas and populations is indicative of a gradual shift in thinking away from a centralised, top-down security politics towards a bottom-up resilience-thinking. In this framing, crime prevention has less to do with protecting society from external threats and more to do with overcoming vulnerabilities and being prepared. Nevertheless, as a case from Malmö instantiates, the re-interpretation of the ‘dangerous’ as ‘vulnerable’ is no less racialized and selective than are the racial differentiations and inequalities of treatment invoked by necropolitical friend/enemy distinctions.

Randi Gressgård is professor at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), and affiliated with the research unit International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), University of Bergen. Her research interests include migration & minority studies, gender & sexuality studies and urban studies. She has co- edited, with Tina G. Jensen, a special issue of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research on ‘Planning for pluralism in Nordic cities’ (No 1, 2016).

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