In the Name of Homeland Security
Professor Amy Kaplan (University of Pennsylvania)
This lecture explores the multiple meanings of the keywords “homeland” and “security” in contemporary political culture in the U.S. The ubiquity of the word “security” has come to encompass more and more realms of social, psychic, economic, existential, and political life. In contrast to “defense,” “security” breaks down the boundaries between the domestic and the foreign, between inside and outside, the private and the public as it enables the merging of the military, border patrol, and police. How does security rely on the evocation of insecurity and reinforce the exercise of state violence?