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Death and SecurityMemory and Mortality at the Bombsite$
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Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993139

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993139.001.0001

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Introduction: death and security – the only two certainties

Introduction: death and security – the only two certainties

(p.1) Introduction: death and security – the only two certainties
Death and Security

Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Manchester University Press

A theoretical introduction to the book, which outlines the problems with existing treatments of death in International Relations. The chapter uses continental philosophy (especially Heidegger and Bauman) and literature from the sociology of death to articulate a new theory of security – one where security is the ontological counterpoint to death anxiety. Security responds to, and functions to displace, the anxiety of mortality - which would otherwise disrupt the performance of sovereignty.

Keywords:   Security, Mortality, Death, Death anxiety, Sociology of Death, Heidegger, Sovereignty

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