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Political Geographies of Piracy

Constructing Threats and Containing Bodies in Somalia

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This book examines the increasing role of development organizations in securitization processes and argues that the new security-development counter piracy framework is (re)shaping political geographies of piracy by promoting disciplinary strategies aimed at the prevention and containment of gendered and racialized actions and bodies in Somalia.

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"Brittany Gilmer offers readers a fascinating, front row seat to the institutional response to piracy. Her ethnography is a detailed and innovative examination of how piracy has become securitized. Understood through Gilmer's critical lens, the front line workers of development themselves become the lucrative subjects of securitization as they compete for funding and become 'piratized' in the process." - Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

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Brittany Gilmer is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University, USA. Her expertise includes geographies of security, development, and transnational crime in East Africa. She is a former consultant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Counter Piracy Programme headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

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