Critical Security Methods offers a new approach to research
methods in critical security studies.
It argues that methods are not simply tools to bridge the gap
between security theory and security practice. Rather, to practice
methods critically means engaging in a more free and experimental
interplay between theory, methods and practice. This recognises
that the security practices we research are often methods in their
own right, as forms of surveillance, data mining, visualisation,
and so on, and that our own research methods are themselves
practices that intervene and interfere in those sites of security
Against the familiar methdological language of rigour,
detachment and procedural consistency, "Critical Security Methods
"reclaims the idea of method as experiment. The chapters offer a
series of methodological experimentations that assemble concepts,
theory and empirical cases into new frameworks for critical
security research. They show how critical engagement and
methodological innovation can be practiced as interventions into
diverse instances of insecurity and securitisation, including
airports, drug trafficking, peasant struggles, biometrics and
The book will be a valuable resource for students and
researchers in critical security studies, politics and
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