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Securitisation, Alterity and the State: Human (In)Security on an Amazonian Frontier

Brightman, MA; Grotti, V; (2014) Securitisation, Alterity and the State: Human (In)Security on an Amazonian Frontier. Regions and Cohesion , 4 (3) pp. 17-38. 10.3167/reco.2014.040302. Green open access

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Abstract

Focusing on the region surrounding the Maroni River, which forms the border between Suriname and French Guiana, we examine how relations between different state and non-state social groups are articulated in terms of security. The region is characterised by multiple “borders” and frontiers of various kinds, the state boundary having the features of an interface or contact zone. Several key collectivities meet in this border zone: native Amazonians, tribal Maroon peoples, migrant Brazilian gold prospectors, and metropolitan French state functionaries. We explore the relationships between these different sets of actors and describe how their mutual encounters center on discourses of human and state security, thus challenging the commonly held view of the region as a stateless zone and showing that the “human security” of citizens from the perspective of the state may compete with locally salient ideas or experiences of well-being.

Type: Article
Title: Securitisation, Alterity and the State: Human (In)Security on an Amazonian Frontier
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/reco.2014.040302
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/reco.2014.040302
Language: English
Additional information: Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence (CC BY 2.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/).
Keywords: border, French Guiana, gold mining, healthcare, human security, indigenous and tribal peoples, securitisation, Suriname
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520977
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