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Bodies of ViolenceTheorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations$
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Lauren B. Wilcox

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384488

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384488.001.0001

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Crossing Borders, Securing Bodies

Crossing Borders, Securing Bodies

Airport Security Assemblages and Bodies of Information

(p.104) 4 Crossing Borders, Securing Bodies
Bodies of Violence

Lauren B. Wilcox

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 continues to build the argument that bodies are deeply unnatural by discussing their production in airport security assemblages as simultaneously only material as abject flesh and dematerialized as bodies of information. The airport security assemblages manage the threat of violence by transforming embodied subjects into suspicious flesh that can be dissected digitally in a search for the truth of a person’s riskiness or trustworthiness. At the same moment that travelers are transformed into abject bodies by “body scanners,” these bodies are dematerialized, made into information to be analyzed for evidence of risk. In particular, transgender people and other bodies that do not conform to gender expectations reveal the problematic location of “the material” (and thus “securable”) in the bodies of humans.

Keywords:   airport, body scanner, information, abjection, transgender, security

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