ABSTRACT

This chapter grapples with the question of power in positive security and asks how power can be thought with regard to everyday security practices of individuals when they encounter with the other(s). It however, takes the discussion to a different sphere of global politics: contemporary collective protests. Power is never a property of individual; it belongs to a group and remains in existence as long as the group keeps together' in ‘the space of appearance'. This is generated by individual performances and, in turn, reproduces subjectivities. While Arendtian power-with provides us with the theoretical and normative perspective to conceptualise power for emancipatory security, it also has two drawbacks, as underlined by Butler. The three-dimensional approach can be entertained as a theoretical foundation for the analysis of resistance in emancipatory positive security processes. It links the individual to the collectivity while upholding differences.