Seminar with Salvatore Palidda: Governance of Security and Ignored Insecurities in Contemporary Europe

Salvatore Palidda (University of Genova) and Didier Bigo (KCL and Sciences-Po Paris)

Monday 6th June 2016, 5pm, K0.17, King’s Building, Strand Campus

In this small seminar, Prof. Salvatore Palidda will be exploring some aspects of his latest edited volume, Governance of Security and Ignored Insecurities in Contemporary Europe (Routledge 2016) in conversation with Prof. Didier Bigo.

The volume explores changes in security governance in Europe from the 1990s, focusing on some of the most important consequences: the proliferation of ignored insecurities, including the increase of oncological diseases, environmental disasters, shadow economies reproducing neo-slavery and fiscal fraud, and the general damage to the res publica. What is the articulation of removal, reclamation and consequently the implementation of devices and the establishing of prevention practices? Why are the majority of victims and also the control agency professionals seemingly resigned to these ignored insecurities? Following more than 20 years of research in the area, the authors examine these questions and how the securitisation of society has been exacerbated. They argue that the primary cause of the increase in ignored insecurities is the consequence of the neoliberal turn in security governance. This book proposes an innovative approach to security governance, not only through a serious analysis of the balance of the costs and benefits, but also highlighting what is here termed `ignored insecurities’.

Salvatore Palidda, PhD of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Genoa, Italy. He is the author of many publications on police and military affairs, migrations and racial criminalisation, and since 1995 has directed an Italian team in a number of European projects related to the themes explored in this book.

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