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date: 28 January 2022

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This chapter sets out the burgeoning research program taking place as part of a “PARIS” approach to studying processes of (in)security and (in)securitization. PARIS is an acronym for Political Anthropological Research for International Sociology. The chapter outlines how a PARIS approach highlights the study of how different bodies of knowledge are labeling security, examining the tensions and controversies between and within practitioners and disciplinary fields in these labeling practices. It analyses different intellectual ways to study the relationship between the “security” label and the boundaries of “security” practices alternatively labeled by others freedom, mobility, violence, or privacy. The chapter concludes by conceptualizing the relation between security and insecurity as a mobius strip; a metaphor which demonstrates how one can never be certain what constitutes the content of security and not insecurity. A PARIS approach thus calls for the study of everyday (in)securitization processes and practices.

Keywords: security, international, (in)securitization, practices, fields, political anthropology, sociology, symbolic violence, mobius strip

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