- Subject index
Global Modernities is a sustained commentary on the international character of the most microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the global increasingly informs the regional, so deconstructing ideas like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social theory, hybridization and bio-politics are among the critical issues discussed.
Chapter 9: Security, Philosophy and Politics
Security, Philosophy and Politics
What might be called a society's threshold of modernity has been reached when the life of the species is wagered on its own political strategies.
(Michel Foucault, 1987: 143)
Security and Modernity
Here, deliberately juxtaposed because there is an intimate link between them, are two of the most emblematic as well as problematic terms of our times, elementary words that now seem indispensable for human being. Modernity is a self-defining historical location - these are modern times and we are moderns - security specifies the pre-condition for the self, and for that taking charge of ourselves and the world, which is the defining project of the other. A secure self and a secure world. A secure self seeking security in the ...