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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.20

'Crisis' Industry: Consulting Services and Co-Constituting of Security Practices



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Rita Abrahamsen and Anna Leander (2016) underline: ‘security as a risk management is no longer simply about national interest or about questions of justice or social and political reform but about technocratic solutions’ (ibid.: 3). The state is no longer expected to be the only provider of security or the main actor responsible for protecting individuals. As a consequence, the notion that security is a public good is progressively being abandoned. Processes of privatisation and commodification of policing and security shift power dynamics and focus on heterogeneous risk management tools and its implementation in everyday practices. Using data from ethnographic research conducted in Poland amongst organisers and instructors of risk management workshops and it's participants I explore how expert knowledge of ‘how to be safe’ and to predict and identify potential structural vulnerabilities are being incorporated into daily life and what role temporality and uncertainty play in those processes. In my anthropological investigation, I argue that the instructors of risk management workshops not only make participants more aware of what might happen but above all shape their everyday practices and re-defined notion of security.