Monographs & edited volumes

Emmy Eklundh, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and Andreja Zevnik (Eds.), Politics of Anxiety, Rowman & Littlefield, London, 2017, ISBN 978-1-78-348991-6, 224 pages

From the threats posed by austerity and the fears around global migration to the unsettled notion of resistance, our political world is permeated with anxieties. But what does this mean for our everyday lived political experience? Do governments provoke or encourage a sense of anxiety as a form of control and power? How do citizens react to, comply with, or resist, this sense of anxiety? This book interrogates the different faces of anxiety and provides a systematic engagement with its different manifestations. It uses different disciplinary approaches and methodologies to study political and social phenomena in order to paint a picture of the impact of anxiety, and how it governs and mobilises individuals. The key strength of these contributions comes from their theoretically informed analysis of empirical problems. Moving beyond the concept of the ‘risk society’ and the recurrence of cyclical capitalist crises, this book challenges the notion of the status quo to consider urges and desires for political change. By highlighting that anxiety is different from fear, the book examines new implications for the study of political events.

Basaran, Tugba, Bigo, Didier, Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre & RBJ Walker (eds.), International Political Sociology – Transversal Lines, Routledge, London, 2016, ISBN : 978-1-13-891071-3, 288 pages

This book presents an overview and evaluation of contemporary research in international political sociology (IPS). Bringing together leading scholars from many disciplines and diverse geographical backgrounds, it provides unprecedented coverage of the key concepts and research through which IPS has opened up new ways of thinking about international relations. It also considers some of the consequences of such innovations for established forms of social and political analysis. It thus takes the reader on an intellectual journey engaging with questions about boundaries and limits among the many interrelated worlds in which we now live, the ways we conceptualise them, and how we continually reshape boundaries of identities, spaces, authorities and disciplinary knowledge. Download the introduction: “international-political-sociology-introduction” (PDF format)

Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre, Antiterrorisme Clandestin, Antiterrorisme Officiel, Athéna Editions, Montréal, 2010, ISBN : 978-2922865769, 156 pages

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Bigo, Didier, Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre & Amandine Scherrer (eds.), Mobilité(s) sous Surveillance, Athéna Editions, Montréal, 2009, ISBN : 978-2922865752, 245 pages

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Cultures & Conflits Special Issues

Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre (ed.), Questions de Méthodes : Savoir-faire des Etudes critiques de sécurité, Harmattan, Paris, 2016, ISBN : 978-2-343-10075-3, 200 pages

While critical security studies have been steadily gaining ground since the 1990s, arousing curiosity and interest, but at times also disdain, they have not been immune from the upsurge in interest in methodology which in the last few years has swept over International Relations in particular and the social sciences in general. Born as they were out of the ‘constructivist turn’ in International Relations which began in the 1980s, might it be possible that critical security studies now themselves stand with their back to the wall, faced with this new ‘methodological turn’? The question of determining what constitutes a critical approach to security, and how one is constituted, is far from meaningless and has been regularly examined from the point of view of its relation to reflexivity. Read more? Download introduction-securite-102 (In French)

Bigo, Didier & Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet (eds.) Antiterrorisme et Société, Harmattan, Paris, 2006, ISBN : 2-296-00622-1, 192 pages

What happens to civil liberties when the state, through its politicians and its intelligence services, invokes the argument of the “worst-case scenario”, when in the name of collective security it invokes a situation of exception in order to legitimise surveillance and coercion in the name of antiterrorism? Are these antiterrorist measures proportional to the danger? Are they reasonable? Who is to decide? (read more)

Bigo, Didier & Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet (eds.), Militaires et Sécurité Intérieure, Harmattan, Paris, 2004, ISBN : 2-7475-7598-X, 265 pages
Bigo, Didier & Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet (eds.), Les Facettes de l’(in)sécurité, Harmattan, Paris, 2003, ISBN : 2-7475-5377-9, 176 pages

What is our relation to the unknown, to the uncertain and to the future ? (In)securitization, as a process of extrapolating dangers and fears of what could be and is not, becomes a central feature of contemporary societies. It often leads to a loss of perspective and to attempts to achieve “re-assurance” through simplifying myths constructed from partial knowledge and institutional or collective anticipations of an exceptional violence (read more)