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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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Money and Modern Exile

Money and Modern Exile

(p.155) 6 Money and Modern Exile
Speculative Security

Marieke de Goede

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on what has run as a red thread throughout the preceding chapters: current practices of asset freezing and blacklisting, which have become key practices through which the finance-security assemblage exercises its power. Targeted sanctions are a preemptive measure par excellence, as they target suspects prior to and independently from criminal trial. The chapter conceptualizes asset freezing as a practice of “modern exile” and enquires into its symbolic and political functions in today’s society and culture. Following from Giorgio Agamben’s conceptualization of the ban as constitutive of the character of modern society, it develops a new theorization of the contemporary politics of asset freezing.

Keywords:   asset freezing, frozen assets, blacklisting, finance-security assemblage, targeted sanctions, Giorgio Agamben

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