Security, Technology and Global Politics: Thinking with Virilio

Security, Technology and Global Politics: Thinking with Virilio

by Mark Lacy


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Security, Technology and Global Politics: Thinking with Virilio by Mark Lacy

This book analyses some of the key problems explored in Paul Virilio’s theorising on war and security.

Paul Virilio has developed a provocative series of writings on how modern societies have shaped the acceleration of military/security technologies – and how technologies of security and acceleration have transformed society, economy and politics. His examination of the connections between geopolitics, war, speed, technology and control are viewed as some of the most challenging and disturbing interventions on the politics of security in the twenty-first century, interventions that help us understand a world that confronts problems that increasingly emerge from the desire to make life safer, faster, networked and more efficient.

Security, Technology and Global Politics examines some of the key concepts and concerns in Virilio’s writings on security, society and technology: endo-colonization, fear and the war on terror; cities and panic; cinema and war; ecological security and integral accidents; universities and ideas of progress. Critics often point to an apocalyptic or fatalistic element to Virilio’s writings on global politics, but this book challenges this apocalyptic reading of Virilio’s work, suggesting that – while he doesn’t provide us with easy solutions to the problems we face – the political force in Virilio’s work comes from the questions he leaves us with about speed, security and global politics in times of crisis, terror and fear.

This book will be of interest to students of critical security studies, political theory, sociology, political geography, cultural studies and IR in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138951884
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/14/2015
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Mark Lacy is Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University, UK, and author or editor of three books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Virilio Part One: The Endo-colonization of Society 1. Security, Chronopolitics and the Democracy of Emotion 2. Cities of Panic and Siege Psychosis 3. Beyond War and Cinema Part Two: The Time of the Integral Accident 4. Accident and Emergency 5. The University of Disaster Conclusion: Virilio’s Negativity

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