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Speculative SecurityThe Politics of Pursuing Terrorist Monies$
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Marieke de Goede

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675890

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675890.001.0001

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The Finance–Security Assemblage

The Finance–Security Assemblage

(p.27) 2 The Finance–Security Assemblage
Speculative Security

Marieke de Goede

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter develops the concept of the finance-security assemblage as a lens onto the transnational institutional innovations produced in this domain. It starts with a reflection on the methodologies used in this research and with the wider question of how to study the assemblage. It argues that the pursuit of terrorist monies amounts not strictly to a practice of global governance, in which sovereign states are compelled to enact certain laws and regulations, but to a practice of global biopolitical governing, in which mundane transactions, donations, and affiliations are securitized and governed in novel ways. This global biopolitical governing is preemptive in that it seeks to govern transactions thought to be “precrime”—or transactions that are “perfectly legal” but are conceptualized to hold specific potential to support terrorism. A genealogical reading of the imagination of multiple futures in security premediation draws out its affinities with derivates and financial speculation.

Keywords:   finance-security assemblage, terrorist monies, global political governing, financial transactions, terrorism, security premediation

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