The sense of security afforded by living within a known, bounded world is increasingly a thing of the past. In today’s transnational world, people migrate across the globe in unprecedented numbers and varieties, crossing borders to create novel, often destabilizing, encounters, while economic and cultural processes extend well beyond single nation-states. In the pursuit of security, people change the ways in which they live their lives, while governments go to war, restructure their economies, justify human rights violations, create policies on immigration, crime, climate, and commerce, and reconceptualize their place within a global political order. These transnational processes create uncertainty and ambiguity, calling into question present notions of security and leading states to implement policies of security-making that challenge established regimes of law, policing, and civil and human rights. Despite these various challenges, the joint effects of mobile populations, transnational cultures, and changing state and international systems of governance have been largely unexplored by the research community.
At Rutgers, a number of scholars from a range of disciplinary departments and schools have been working independently to advance our understanding of the politics of global security, producing groundbreaking work on these subjects from a variety of perspectives and across a range of geographical regions. But until now, such work has proceeded without benefit of collaboration or communication with other Rutgers scholars working on related issues, and without contributing to the development of a University-wide program on the subject. The Faculty/Student Research Work Group on the Politics of Global Security works to foster individual research while helping to build a broader community of scholars doing critical study of global security issues at Rutgers.
Daniel Goldstein, PI (SAS, Anthropology); Nell Balthrop-Flynn (SAS, Anthropology, GSNB-Anthropology graduate student); Jack Z. Bratich (SCILS, Journalism and Media Studies); Daniel G. Chatman (BSPPP, Urban Planning); Zaire Dinzey-Flores (SAS, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies); Angelique Haugerud (SAS, Anthropology); David M. Hughes (SEBS, Human Ecology); Richard Nisa (SAS, Geography, GSNB-Geography graduate student); Robyn Rodriguez (SAS, Sociology).