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Okech, Awino (2018) 'Boundary anxieties and infrastructures of violence: Somali identity in post-Westgate Kenya.' Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 3 (2). pp. 293-309.

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Abstract

This article explores infrastructures of violence created by ongoing contestations around insecurity related to violent insurgency in Kenya. It draws on public discourses and policy responses emerging from the September 2013 terror attack at Westgate in Nairobi. In examining security policies developed to cordon off particular geographical sites and therefore construct Kenyan Somalis as the ‘other’, I argue that what is produced is a mobile security infrastructure. This mobility is evident in a move from a singular focus on physical security installations and visible security personnel, to less visible forms of security which rely on surveillance both by the state and citizens. I examine how security infrastructure discursively and through policy mobilise and redefine Somali1 masculinities as other and therefore dangerous.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
ISSN: 2380-2014
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Global South Ltd. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal on 06 Aug 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23802014.2018.1502048
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2018.1502048
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 12:31
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/26238

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