Subjects of security: the domestic role of foreign policy in the war on terror

Subjects of Security offers an in depth treatment of how foreign policy regulates its own domestic sphere. This book-length project develops an original framework that inverts the traditional analysis of foreign in order to interpret the impact of ‘external’ foreign policy on ‘domestic’ individual subjectivity and social order. This framework demonstrates how the subjectivity of citizens is shaped by notions of security stemming from the pervasion of norms and stereotypes of foreign policy into domestic politics. Furthermore, notions of security derived from foreign policy inform how liberty is perceived and what it means to be free, constituting a vital part of social order. This book will show that foreign policy is not limited solely to its intended external audience; indeed it has a profound impact upon domestic audiences of the state in question. Foreign policy in the sense is not just foreign.

Subjects of Security argues that the war on terror is a paradigmatic foreign policy that has had profound effects on domestic social order. Foreign policy facilitates, overtly and subtly, the regulation of domestic populations by linking individual and group identity to issues of national security. Since September 11, 2001 there has been a wholesale reorganisation of foreign policy priorities, resulting in the valorisation of certain social stereotypes and the criminalisation of others. Accordingly, this book makes a contribution to the field of critical terrorism studies by demonstrating that attempts to mediate the threat posed by terrorism have extensive effects that regulate and control the domestic population. This book demonstrates that those whose liberties counter-terrorism seeks to protect will themselves employ, and often misemploy, the security practices of foreign policy in their everyday lives.

Start By 1 September 2010
Completed By 20 January 2012
Funding RMIT Research Support
Researcher(s) Robin Cameron
Program Human Security and Disasters
Location(s) London – UK
New York – USA
Sydney – Australia