Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

PhD Defense Lior Volinz

The Modular Security Toolbox: Assembling State and Citizenship in Jerusalem

23Jan2019 14:00 - 15:00

Event

During this event, Lior Volinz will defend his doctoral thesis titled "The Modular Security Toolbox: Assembling State and Citizenship in Jerusalem"

Thesis Abstract

In this doctoral dissertation I explore how, and to what end, do state security actors pursue security pluralization and privatization in Jerusalem – and subsequently – what are the implications of these processes for the (re)production of differentiated citizenship and its negotiation in Jerusalem. I aim to go beyond the existing discussion on a transformed ‘market-oriented' security landscape and its implications to different citizens. Using the case study of Jerusalem, a city marked by the Israeli military occupation and civil annexation of Palestinian East Jerusalem, I argue that the differential allocation of rights, resources and political decision-making is not merely a by-product of security privatization and pluralization, but can instead be its desired goal.

Drawing on extensive ethnographical fieldwork with different security agents and residents in Jerusalem, my findings bring forth a conceptualization of a modular security toolbox: of how state security actors enlist additional private and public actors, technologies and materialities outside the spectrum of the police, the military and the criminal justice system, aiming to enhance their capacity to pursue controversial security policies that they would be unable, or unwilling, to pursue otherwise. 

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