Krystian Woznicki

Undeclared Movements

Jahr
ISBN
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Preis in €
2020
978-3-942214-31-5
285
15
Highly complex, thoroughly networked societies are so susceptible in some ‘neuralgic spots’ that a single pinprick is enough to trigger a catastrophic chain reaction. In this insecure situation, threats are being amplified by neoliberal restructuring in the form of privatization and technological rationalization. Thus, rather than creating sustainable public structures that would make it easier to avert preventable harm, already precarious lifeworlds are made even more precarious. Aggravating these insecurities is neoliberal governmentality’s attempt to incorporate threats as capitalizable assets. Here, the idea of prevention is displaced by preemption—a strategy of making potential threats securable and hence available for political and economic speculation.

In Undeclared Movements Krystian Woznicki explores the high price for and the limits of preemption. Zooming in on preventable ‘disasters’ in the Schengen Area – as varied as the “refugee crisis” of 2015 and “civil war” during the G20 in 2017 – Woznicki shows that the limits of preemption are manifesting themselves as enormous dangers for society, but also as opportunities for new forms of politics to arise. Written before the COVID-19 crisis, this book anticipates some of the urgent questions to be asked in the face of unprecedented yet preventable devastations: What does it mean for democracy that the exploitation of insecurities is contributing to the rise of increasingly AI-driven security industries, and public safety is being replaced by ‘national security’? What does it mean for co-existence that all of us are affected by the threats of densely inter-connected (and ultimately contagious) societies—but some are less vulnerable than others?

Table of Contents

Prologue

7 The Schengen philosophy
16 Managing unpredictable movements

Parts

Becoming Ungovernable

25 Preemptive sense-making
37 Urban crowd control
48 The indistinguishable many
65 Black bloc noise

Making-of

89 “Like a Hollywood production”
91 Film stills

Becoming Common

205 Violence of deprivation
215 Who is disposable?
230 Whose exceptional politics?
247 Sensing undeclared movements

End titles

273 Author’s Note

275 Image Index

281 Sources

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