This edited volume uses a ‘constructivist/reflexive’ approach to address critical infrastructure protection (CIP), a central political practice associated with national security.

The politics of CIP, and the construction of the threat they are meant to counter, effectively establish a powerful discursive connection between that the traditional and normal conditions for day-to-day politics and the exceptional dynamics of national security. Combining political theory and empirical case studies, this volume addresses key issues related to protection and the governance of insecurity in the contemporary world. The contributors track the transformation and evolution of critical infrastructures (and closely related issues of homeland security) into a security problem, and analyze how practices associated with CIP constitute, and are an expression of, changing notions of security and insecurity. The book explores aspects of ‘securitisation’ as well as at practices, audiences, and contexts that enable and constrain the production of the specific form of governmentality that CIP exemplifies. It also explores the rationalities at play, the effects of these security practices, and the implications for our understanding of security and politics today.

part Part I|90 pages

Origins, conceptions and the public-private rationale

chapter 1|23 pages

The vulnerability of vital systems

How 'critical infrastructure' became a security problem
ByCollier Stephen J., Lackoff Andrew

chapter 2|23 pages

Like a phoenix from the ashes

The reinvention of critical infrastructure protection as distributed security
ByCavelty Myriam Dunn

chapter 3|21 pages

‘The absolute protection of our citizens’

Critical infrastructure protection and the practice of security
ByKristensen Kristian Søby

chapter 4|22 pages

Critical infrastructures and network pathologies

The semiotics and biopolitics of heteropolarity
ByDerian James der, Finkelstein Jesse

part Part II|77 pages

Terrorism and the politics of protecting the homeland

chapter 5|21 pages

Media, fear and the hyperreal

The construction of cyberterrorism as the ultimate threat to critical infrastructures
ByConway Maura

chapter 6|23 pages

Homeland security through traceability

Technologies of control as critical infrastructures1
ByBonditti Philippe

chapter 7|23 pages

The gendered narratives of homeland security

Anarchy at the front door makes home a haven
ByBrunner Elgin M.

chapter 8|8 pages


The biopolitics of critical infrastructure protection
ByReid Julian