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The Freedom of Security: new book by Colleen Bell

My good friend and comrade, Colleen Bell, has just released her first book.  The Freedom of Security: Governing Canada in the Age of Counter-Terrorism, is a theoretical engagement with the security measures implemented post-9/11 that examines how these measures shape our ideas and practices about freedom.  And since Colleen [or, rather, Dr. Bell] is a long time political activist, the theoretical engagement emerges from her own practices and experiences in the real world.

Although The Freedom of Security examines counter-terrorist measures implemented in Canada, because it is always important to link theory to one's own concrete context, her analysis clearly has broader implications.  So those readers who live south of the Canada-US border (as well as in Europe) should also find Bell's arguments salient and applicable to their own situations.  And those of you who are still under the impression that Canada is some socialist wonderland, this book should dispel that myth by demonstrating, yet again, that Canada is an imperialist power.

The Freedom of Security was published by University of British Columbia Press.  You can find more details, including ordering information, on the UBC Press website.

And for those of you who appreciate the work of Foucault and Agamben, you might also find Colleen's book useful in that it applies these theorists in a way that is creative and grounded in a transformative politics.