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The War on Meaninglessness: a Counter-terrorist Self through an Absent Terrorist Other

Eski, Y (2016) The War on Meaninglessness: a Counter-terrorist Self through an Absent Terrorist Other. Ethnography. ISSN 1466-1381

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Abstract

This contribution shall focus on post-9/11 port security, its policing actors and how their occupational, counter-terrorist identity is (re)established. The empirical context of this study is that of operational port police officers and security officers who construct port security in the ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg. Drawing from a multi-sited, ethnographic fieldwork study, specific attention is paid to how operational staff, employed in a highly securitized realm saturated with War on Terror governance, (re)establish their occupational identity through the terrorist other without having ever been confronted, face-to-face, with terrorism. Instead of fighting in a global War on Terror, and given the way they construe their identity through the terrorist other, they endure an everyday War on Meaninglessness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1601 Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 08:21
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2017 03:38
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1466138116639984
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3364

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