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The Freedom of Security

Governing Canada in the Age of Counter-Terrorism

Post-9/11 security measures have sparked fears that the West is violating the very civil rights it strives to protect. Debates centre on the United States, but how have the politics of security influenced the commitment to freedom in other liberal democracies? Addressing security certificates to the war in Afghanistan to the detainment of Abdullah Almalki, Colleen Bell’s wide-ranging analysis demonstrates that Canada’s counter-terrorism practices are not a departure from liberal governance but rather a reconfiguration of its structures with an emphasis on security. She traces how the logic and practices of security are increasingly coming to define our rights and freedoms.

216 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction: Relations of Freedom, Relations of Security

1 Opting In: Precautionary Engagement as National Security Strategy

2 The Socio-Legal Paradox of Freedom: Security Certificates and the Politics of Exception

3 Interventionary Designs: The Liberal Way of War in Afghanistan

4 Sovereignty and Refusal: The Violent Limits of Liberal Rights

Conclusion: Freedom beyond Security




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