The Securitization of Fear in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

[This article is very relevant to the current crisis. – Ed]

The production of crises, including the fear and xenophobia they instill, remains a pressing concern because they legitimate grounds for exceptional interventions (Agamben 1998; Mountz 2004). States produce crisis and fear to obtain consent for securitization measures. Probing the ways in which fear is made and used in contexts of disaster and aid is crucial to contesting the violence, exclusion, and hatred they produce.

by Jennifer Hyndman, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 97, No. 2 (Jun., 2007), pp. 361-372

The Securitization of Fear in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

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