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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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Containing the spectacle: disaster management

Containing the spectacle: disaster management

(p.36) 2 Containing the spectacle: disaster management
Death and Security

Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Manchester University Press

Interpreting security as the effacement of mortality enables us to dramatically broaden the scope of research to include non-anticipatory temporalities of security. In this chapter, present-tense emergency management is exposed as a technique of mortality effacement. States efface the trauma of mortality and re-establish security by performing the rituals of emergency management: erecting cordons, organising the triage of bodies, and reconciling bodies with their previous living identities (‘disaster victim identification’). Disaster response is a reconstitutive performance of security and sovereignty against the incursion of death and trauma.

Keywords:   Emergency Management, Disaster Response, Death, Mortality, Security, Trauma, Triage, Disaster victim identification, Cordon

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