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Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care

John T. Hamilton


From national security and social security to homeland and cyber-security, “security” has become one of the most overused words in culture and politics today. Yet it also remains one of the most undefined. What exactly are we talking about when we talk about security? This book examines the discursive versatility and semantic vagueness of security both in current and historical usage. Adopting a philological approach, the book explores the fundamental ambiguity of this word, which denotes the removal of “concern” or “care” and therefore implies a condition that is either carefree or careless. ... More

Keywords: national security, social security, homeland, cyber-security, safety, negligence, freedom, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157528
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John T. Hamilton, author
Harvard University